Monday 5 December 2016

Delahunty's free earns the Déise a replay

Antrim 3-20 Kildare 0-17

Published 02/05/2016 | 02:30

Maria Delahunty, Waterford, scores the equalising point in the last minute of the game against Tipperary Photo: Sportsfile
Maria Delahunty, Waterford, scores the equalising point in the last minute of the game against Tipperary Photo: Sportsfile

Maria Delahunty's free, with 33 seconds left on the clock, salvaged a draw for Waterford in a pulsating Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 3 final against Tipperary in Clane.

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Last year's All-Ireland intermediate champions Waterford led by eight points in the first half, 2-9 to 1-4, but were reeled in by their Munster rivals thanks to three second-half goals.

Shelagh Carew's point in the closing stages looked to have secured the silverware for Tipperary but Delahunty held her nerve to rescue a replay on a 2-13 to 3-10 scoreline.

The sin-binning of Michelle McGrath with nine minutes left on the clock left Waterford hanging on at a crucial stage with 14 players.

Sensational Tipperary sharpshooter Aisling Moloney netted soon after which helped her to a tally of 2-4 for the day.

In the Division 4 decider, captain fantastic Dymphna O'Brien inspired Limerick past Antrim, 4-8 to 1-10.

The corner forward scored 2-5 as the Shannonsiders saw off Antrim to gain promotion to Division 3.

This was a sweet victory for Limerick, who lost Division 4 deciders in 2015, 2012 and 2010.

But they finally got over the line as the sharp-shooting skills of O'Brien and Niamh Holland proved crucial with Holland, like O'Brien, also finding the net twice to inspire Limerick.

Irish Independent

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