Friday 20 April 2018

Owens magic inspires Jackies to a five-in-a-row

Antrim’s John Dillon takes on Armagh’s Fiachra Bradley in their Ulster SHC final. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Antrim’s John Dillon takes on Armagh’s Fiachra Bradley in their Ulster SHC final. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Dublin claimed a fifth successive TG4 Leinster senior championship crown yesterday.

The Jackies demolished Westmeath by 26 points in a one-sided provincial decider at O'Moore Park in Portlaoise.

Dublin ran out 4-23 to 0-7 winners against the Lake County, to repeat last year's final success against the same opposition.

There was little to suggest that such a wide gulf would separate the counties at the finish as Dublin led by nine points at the break - 1-11 to 0-5.


In a wind-swept encounter, Sinead Goldrick scored the only goal of the first half for Dublin as Leona Archibold kept Westmeath in touch from frees.

Nicole Owens had four points on the board for Dublin by the interval, as Goldrick added a point to her goal. Lyndsey Davey collected two first half points while Carla Rowe and Sinead Aherne were also on the scoresheet.

The floodgates opened in the second half, however, as Dublin stepped on the gas to outclass Westmeath.

Owens claimed the player of the match award after finishing with six points but Davey was the leading scorer for Dublin as she registered 1-4.

Rowe and Aherne also netted second-half goals for Dublin, who booked a safe passage to the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

Cork last night joined Dublin, Monaghan and Mayo in claiming provincial honours after their victory over Kerry in Killarney.

The All-Ireland champions saw off last year's winners by 2-8 to 0-7 having lost to them in the round-robin stages of the provincial competition last year.

But with player-of-the-match Orla Finn and evergreen defender Deirdre O'Reilly in excellent form, the Rebelettes avenged that loss to claim their 11th Munster crown since 2004.

The sides were level at 0-4 apiece in the first half before Cork gained a firm stranglehold on proceedings approaching the break. They moved 0-5 to 0-4 ahead before Finn netted in the 26th minute to establish a 1-5 to 0-4 interval lead.

The Leesiders added a point to kick-start the second half before Rena Buckley converted a penalty for their second goal.

Ephie Fitzgerald's charges had little difficulty in closing the game out, holding Kerry to just three points in the second half to claim provincial honours again - another piece of silverware to add to their Lidl Division 1 League crown.

Irish Independent

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