Fryday inspires UL glory
Ashbourne cup final
University Of Limerick retained the Ashbourne Cup after recovering from the concession of an early goal to record a deserved victory over UCC at Abbotstown.
UL 2-8 UCC 1-7
This was a repeat of last year's final, where UL snatched the famed trophy from their rivals' grasp with an injury-time goal from Laura McMahon but there was no need for such a dramatic intervention this time around.
Lauren Callanan found the net for UCC soon after the throw-in but before long, the Shannonsiders were ahead, as the player of the match Ereena Fryday breached the UCC defences with a good goal.
Beth Carton was revelling in her debut Ashbourne campaign and she brought her tally to three points as UL opened up a two-point lead at the break, 1-5 to 1-3, with UCC also missing a penalty.
After the break, Caoimhe Lyons' goal proved decisive for UL. Katrina Mackey got UCC back to within a point before Patrice Diggin grabbed two insurance scores for UL.
SCORERS - UL: B Carton, P Diggin 0-3 each; E Fryday, C Lyons 1-0 each; R Howard, A McGrath 0-1 each. UCC: K Mackey 0-5 (3fs); L Callanan 1-0; A Malone, H Looney 0-1 each.
UL - R Breen; C Walsh, L McMahon, C Hehir; E Kelly, C Maher, N Ryan; E Fryday, P Diggin; A Keane, N Hanniffy, G O'Brien; C Lyons, B Carton, R Howard.
UCC - C O'Leary; R Phelan, L Coppinger, M Cahalane; Y Murphy, P Mackey, J Hosford; H Looney, K O'Keeffe; A Malone, O Cronin, L Callanan; A O'Connor, N McCarthy, K Mackey.
REF - L Downey (Kilkenny)