Sunday 19 November 2017

Injury-time Malone strike saves day as Queen's reach decider

Queen's, Belfast 2-11 UCC 1-13 O'Connor Cup semi-final

(After extra-time)

QUEEN'S University advanced to a first final by dumping holders UCC out of the competition at Waterford IT sports campus.

Queen's needed a goal deep in stoppage-time from midfielder Caitlin Malone to force extra-time.

And James Daly's side grabbed a second, decisive goal three minutes into the first period of extra-time, scored by Louise Kelly.

At half-time in extra-time, Kelly's goal separated the sides and Queen's held out to set up a final showdown with three-time winners DCU this afternoon (1.0).

They showed true grit to force extra-time, after UCC had called upon all their experience following the sin-binning of Aoife Lyons.

Niamh McKernan was sin-binned late on but Queen's hung on.

Scorers – Queen's: L Kelly 1-1, S McCleary 0-4f, C Malone 1-0, M Cooper 0-3 (1f), N McKernan, R Kearney, F McKenna 0-1 each. UCC: V Mulcahy 0-7 (4f), O Farmer 1-2, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh 0-3f, M O'Connell 0-1.

QUEEN'S – K Daly; L Sharvin, N McAnulla, S Marley; N McKernan, T McLaughlin, C Scullion; S McCleary, C Maloney; D Morgan, F McKenna, R Kearney; L McCann, M Cooper, L Kelly.

Subs: A Canavan for McCann (26), T McCusker for McKernan (52), McKernan for Canavan (70), K McLister for Cooper (78).

UCC – E Dee; A Hayes, S Lambert, A Lyons; E Ahern, C Lynch, L Williams; K Hackett, A Taylor; O Farmer, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh, A O'Sullivan; V Mulcahy, M O'Connell, T McGuire.

Subs: M O'Donovan for McGuire (39), C Walsh for Williams (49), A O'Leary for Hackett (49), K O'Dea for Ó Muircheartaigh (60+2), Ó Muircheartaigh for O'Dea (60).

Ref – Y Duffy (Cavan).

Irish Independent

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