In Brief: Limerick land late treble to stop Lilies in their tracks
Limerick marked their return to the top tier by producing a late flurry to beat Kildare 3-14 to 0-10 in the Division 2 final.
Susie O'Carroll scored all of Kildare's points in a wonderful display of dead-ball shooting but Limerick had more firepower, with Dympna O'Brien, Niamh Mulcahy, Mary O'Callaghan and Marie Keating all key contributors.
Limerick led by 0-8 to 0-4 at half-time but Kildare resumed in determined fashion and a brace of O'Carroll points cut the margin to two entering the final quarter. But Limerick opened up and they struck for goals from the outstanding O'Brien, O'Callaghan and Keating to put the game to bed.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Laura Dunne was the toast of Laois last night after her two point-blank saves 10 minutes from time helped the Midlanders eke out a 0-9 to 0-7 win over Dublin in the Division 3 final at Mullingar's Cusack Park.
The sides were deadlocked on 0-7 apiece when Dunne was faced with two one-on-one situations, but the St Brigid's netminder was equal to the task.
Laois clinched the title with points from Sile Burke and player of the match Sarah Ann Fitzgerald.
Carlow took the Division 4 prize in dramatic fashion, with Marian Doyle coming forward from full-back to strike the winning goal deep in injury-time. That gave them a 2-6 to 2-4 win over Tyrone, who seemed to have done enough with first-half goals from Caoimhe Rafferty and Niamh McNulty putting them in prime position.
Ciara Quirke struck for a goal for Carlow just before half-time that left them trailing by just 2-3 to 1-1.
Despite points from Quirke, Margaret Coady and Kate Nolan, Tyrone still held the minimum lead when a high ball from player of the match Kate Nolan broke and was struck to the net by Doyle from a narrow angle to snatch the honours.
World champion Paul Brady did what he does best as he trounced the field to claim the Player's Championship in the final stop of the 2012/2013 Race4 eight tour in Seattle.
The Cavan man's return to action on American soil for the first time since October drew significant attention Stateside and the 33-year-old lived up to his billing, seeing off top Americans Sean Lenning, Andy Nett and Luis Moreno to advance to the final, where he easily dismissed the challenge of Armagh native Charly Shanks 15-7 15-7.
Brady raced into an 8-0 lead in the final against Lurgan right-hander Shanks, dominating from the service box, and closed out the first game 15-7. Despite taking an injury time-out due to a slight hamstring strain in game two, he finished out the match with few alarms.
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