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Wednesday 14 November 2018

Success for IT Sligo at DCU Freshers

IT Sligo team captains Ann Sheridan and Rachael Connelly lift the cup as their team-mates celebrate after the Intermediate final against Maynooth University at the 2018 Gourmet Food Parlour HEC Freshers Blitz at Dublin City University in Dublin. Pic: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
IT Sligo team captains Ann Sheridan and Rachael Connelly lift the cup as their team-mates celebrate after the Intermediate final against Maynooth University at the 2018 Gourmet Food Parlour HEC Freshers Blitz at Dublin City University in Dublin. Pic: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

IT Sligo ladies were celebrating their All-Ireland success at the Freshers 7s Ladies football at DCU on Wednesday.

Following the group stages IT Sligo played WIT in the quarter finals where they booked a place in the last four against GMIT.

Despite it being a close game IT Sligo always looked too strong and won out 4-11 - 4-2.

IT Sligo won the Intermediate title in interesting circumstances as a free-taking shootout was required before the Connacht college lifted the title, after a titanic battle with Maynooth University in the second final of the day.

Mayo's Kathleen McNally fired the winner after 15 frees had been taken, with little luck in terms of accuracy early on, before a string of scores, including McNally's vital kick. Earlier, IT Sligo edged the lead at the break, as goals helped them to a 2-4 to 0-7 half-time lead, with Deirdre McNally scoring 1-3.

The teams were well balanced on the restart, with Maynooth University shading the scoring as they mounted a comeback.

Shauna Quirke netted IT Sligo's other goal but the sides couldn't be separated, on a 2-9 - 2-9 score-line and free-kicks were required.

After the game, IT Sligo joint captain Rachel Connolly accepted the cup, with the captain duties also shared with Ann Sheridan.

The squad included four Sligo players, Leah Sweeney, Lisa Flynn, Zara Stafford and Megan McDermott. The side was managed by Gavin Cawley.

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