O'Halloran on target as Railway escape with title
Railway Union 1 Loreto 0
former international Julia O'Halloran hit the goal that won the title for Railway Union in Hillsborough yesterday.
But a disallowed last-minute strike by Loreto's Nicci Daly proved to be the talking point at the end of this all-Dublin final.
Railway had the better of the exchanges in the first half, as Zara Delaney shot wide and Emma Smyth's shooting kept Loreto 'keeper Louisa Healy on her toes.
They finally broke the stalemate 16 minutes into the second half when O'Halloran was picked out by Cecilia Joyce and finished cooly.
Then, in an eventful last 20 seconds, Daly unleashed a spectacular rising shot which hit the roof of the net. However, the Loreto cheers were stilled by umpire Aisling Keogh's decision that the shot was dangerous.
"We got out of jail," admitted Railway midfielder Kate Dillon as she waited to collect her second IHL medal in three seasons.
Railway Union -- G O'Flanagan; I Joyce, S Walsh, J McDonnell, E Smyth, E Lucey, E Dolan, S Dooley, O Fox, A Speers, J O'Halloran. Subs: K Dillon, H Jenkinson, K McKenna, C Joyce, Z Delaney.
Loreto -- L Healy; A Meeke, N Daly, S McGirr, N Symmons, N Keegan, R Keegan, E Colvin, N Small, S Clarke, H Matthews. Subs: C McKean, O O'Shea, H Mulcahy, S Evans, J McGirr.
Umpires -- A Keogh, E Clifford.