Basketball: Peat points the way for inspired DCU
DCU Mercy skipper Lindsay Peat led by example as the Dublin outfit claimed their first National Cup and, in the process, denied Cork outfit Montenotte four crowns in a row.
DCU were pushed all the way by the Cork side and led by just eight points at the interval with Suzanne Maguire and Shauna O'Connor finding their range for the Dubliners.
Montenotte signalled their intentions early in the third quarter, two baskets in quick succession from Marie Breen bringing them within four points, and the pressure continued with Niamh Dwyer sinking another three to leave the slightest of margins between the sides.
Valarie O'Driscoll got the Glanmire club off to a perfect start in the final quarter but a superb drive to the basket from Sarah McGrath put six points between the sides, 55-49, and gave DCU some breathing space.
DCU held their nerve to increase their advantage to 61-53 with Ann Marie Healy converting off an endline play and there was no way back for Mark Scannell's charges from there.
"It was a game that could have gone either way," said DCU coach Mark Ingle. "I was very worried coming into the end of the third quarter but we got that eight-point lead and I think the girls took their eye off the ball a little bit. You can never relax -- three up with six seconds to go and you could go into over-time."