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Sunday 18 February 2018

CAMOGIE : UL make history in Ashbourne Cup final

UL 0-12 UCD 1-4 Máire Uí Scolaí DEFENDING Ashbourne Cup champions CIT made history in Ballygunner yesterday when they won back-to-back Ashbourne Cup titles In a repeat of last year's final.

Never before has it been done in either camogie or hurling and when the final whistle blew UL Manager Tom Hennessy was a very happy man.

"It takes great courage and a lot of hard work to win back-to-back titles and those girls gave it their all today, I could not have asked for anymore," Hennessy said.

Underdogs UCD got off to a great start with a Ciara Lucey free inside the opening minute but a minute later UL captain and Cork All-Star of 2004 Jennifer O'Leary sent over the equaliser.

UCD threw everything at UL and were level twice more before Offaly player Emilie Damody knocked a free straight to the net for the Dublin college.

However, the Limerick college were not going to give up their title easily and immediately Aoife Lynskey raced down the field to send over a UL point to level it again 0-5 to 1-2. The side's traded points to go in level at the break.

UL surged into a two-point lead with two points from captain O'Leary who sent over a '45 and a free immediately after the restart.

No side scored for a further nine minutes until O'Leary sent over her first score from play, but a minute later Lucey sent over UCD's only score of the second half.

UL put in a great finish with a further two frees from O'Leary while Aoife Sheehan grabbed the final score.

The final few moments of this game were heart-stopping as UCD tried to rescue the game but brilliant Limerick defending denied them.

UCD's full back and senior Wexford player Catherine O'Loughlin was awarded player of the tournament.

Meanwhile, the Ashbourne Shield title also stayed in Limerick when Mary Immaculate College defeated CIT 2-7 to 2-4.

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