Friday 9 December 2016

Delight for UCD

Published 14/03/2016 | 02:30

Louise Ward (right) congratulates her victorious twin sister Nicola after UCD’s O’Connor Cup triumph Photo: Sportsfile
Louise Ward (right) congratulates her victorious twin sister Nicola after UCD’s O’Connor Cup triumph Photo: Sportsfile

It was quite an afternoon for Galway's Nicola Ward as UCD claimed their first O'Connor Cup success since 2006 on Saturday.

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Ward scored the only goal of the game as UCD held out for a 1-7 to 0-9 victory over University of Limerick, who were denied a third successive crown in Tralee.

Ward lined up against her twin sister Louise (pictured), who was in the colours of UL, and claimed family bragging rights as the UCD's women's team added to the recent Sigerson Cup collected by the men.

After a level first half, the second half began in blistering fashion as Ward found the net from distance in the 35th minute. It was a fortuitous effort but set UCD on the road to a historic success - their first in this competition in a decade.

UCD led 1-7 to 0-3 but UL scored the remaining six points of the game to ensure a nervy finish for the new champions.

There was some consolation for UL as they claimed the Lynch Cup with a 3-10 to 1-7 victory over DIT.

And the Giles Cup went to St Pat's Drumcondra, who saw off Mary Immaculate College with just a single point to spare, 0-12 to 1-8.

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