Saturday 21 April 2018

Dublin girls win Leinster crown

Dublin captured the Leinster Ladies Under-14 Championship title for the first time in three years on Saturday following a 14-point win over Meath in Clane.

The opening half of the contest between these two great rivals was a somewhat nervy affair as both sides took time to settle.

Dublin, with the aid of a strong breeze, took a slender two-point lead - 0-6 to 1-1 - into the half-time dressing-room despite Meath bagging the opening goal of the game, with Nicole Smith on target for the Royals in the 21st minute.

The girls from the capital upped their game in the second half, playing with much more confidence and indeed conviction.

The game as a contest turned on its head in the 37th and 39th minutes when corner forward Eimear Mangan netted twice for the Dubs, much to the delight of the large Dublin support in attendance.

Dublin grew in confidence as the game progressed despite the best efforts of the girls from the Royal County.

The contest was sealed for Dublin in the 56th minute when Ciara O'Connor kicked a high ball into the danger area, only to lob and deceive Meath keeper Amy O'Leary.

Aoife O'Sullivan, Roisin Quigley, Eimear Mangan and Aoibhinn McCarthy shown brightest for Dublin on the day and next Saturday they will compete in the All-Ireland U14 blitz in Portlaoise.

Dublin: Rugile Auskalnyte, Erin Christie, Aoife O'Sullivan, Sophia Nyhan, Ali McCarthy, Lucy Crowe, Roisin Quigley, Ali Griffen 0-1, Aoibhinn McCarthy 0-1, Ciara O'Connor 1-2, Ellie Young, Jennifer Hanrahan 0-5, Aishling O'Neill 0-3, Katie O'Sullivan 0-2, Eimear Mangan 2-0. Subs: Aoife Coppinger for Christie, Ella Darcy for Young, Sarah Willis for Aoibhinn McCarthy, Ada Greene for Ali McCarthy, Emma Kane for O'Connor.

Fingal Independent