Monday 11 December 2017

the game at a glance

Lucy Mulhall (Wicklow)

Although Emma Clarke bagged most of New York's total of nine points, Wicklow forward Mulhall landed five precious and impressive points from play in a game where chances, never mind scores, were at a premium.

Turning point

With defences on top, the initiative swung dramatically between both teams in the second half and after Wicklow went one down in the last five minutes, Laura Hogan's composed score to level things proved crucial.

Talking point

New York have spent over €25,000 on taking part in the quarter-final, semi-final and now this final. They will have to dig deep again if they are to come back for the replay and it's expected they will look for the Ladies Gaelic Football Association to bail them out.

Ref watch

Cavan's Yvonne Duffy made what looked like a harsh call against Wicklow's Lorna Fusciardi for playing the ball on the ground. But other than that she had a good final.

What they said

Philip Sheridan (New York manager): "I don't think people expected us to make the final but the girls worked very hard. Their heads are down in there because they thought they had it but a draw is a fair result."

Lucy Mulhall (Wicklow forward):

"It was looking like it was gone but then the girls really pulled together and never gave up."

Match statistics

Wides: New York 8 (6); Wicklow 7 (3)

Frees: New York 14 (8); Wicklow 14 (6)

Yellow cards: New York 0 Wicklow 0

What next?

LADIES Gaelic Football Association officials to consult with GAA chiefs before announcing a replay date.

Irish Independent

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