Moloney's magic moment secures glory for DCU
DCU 2-12 UL 0-17 - O'Connor Cup Final
Captain Fantastic Aishling Moloney swung over a late winner as Dublin City University edged UL to be crowned O'Connor Cup champions. There was just a single point in the difference at Abbotstown, and it was Moloney who settled a gripping tie in the dying seconds.
The Tipperary ace finished with 0-7 to her name, while goals from Aisling Sheridan and Sarah Rowe helped DCU past the holders to victory. Eimear Scally bagged 0-11 at the other end, while Grace Kelly and Shauna Howley hit 0-3 apiece. But ultimately DCU did just enough to seal the win in a fiery affair.
Even when reduced to 14 with Moloney sent to the sin-bin, they withstood a period of dominance from UL, which saw Scally's pristine free-taking to the fore.
It was UL who drew first blood through Grace Kelly, before DCU showed their intent, with Moloney getting the ball rolling.
The first goal of the game came after 16 minutes as Sheridan bundled over the line to make it 1-3 to 0-3. Kelly and her sister, Grace, exchanged points as they went head-to-head. Scally kept frees ticking over while Rowe closed proceedings at the break with the score reading 1-7 to 0-7.
On the restart, UL raised the tempo. And just as Moloney was shown a yellow card, they started to claw their way on top, with Howley pointing twice. But then Moloney came back to the field and she was involved in the attack which resulted in a DCU penalty.
Rowe stepped up to find the net, and the same player added a point straight after. Scally levelled matters at the other end, but Moloney's magic moment at the death ensured the O'Connor Cup would head to DCU.
Scorers - DCU: A Moloney 0-7 (3f), S Rowe 1-3 (1-0 pen, 1f), A Sheridan 1-1, N Kelly 0-1. UL: E Scally 0-11 (10fs), G Kelly & S Howley 0-3 each.
DCU - E Ní Eafa; L McGinley, K Murray, D Geaney; E Rutledge, L Caffrey, H Hegarty; M Atkinson, L Magee; N Kelly, A Moloney, A Murphy; A Sheridan, S Rowe, A Cleary. Subs: A Murphy for V Wall (47), N Rickard for Rutledge (58).
UL- C Moore; A Kelleher, M Curley, S Murphy; L Ryan, A Healy, F McHale; L Ward, S Kelly; S Howley, L Rogers, A McCarthy; R Howard, E Scally, G Kelly. Subs: A Davoren for Howard (h.t.), O O'Dwyer for Healy (h.t.), A Considine for Kelleher (48), J Cregg for McCarthy (54).
Ref - G Chapman (Sligo).