Monday 22 January 2018

Murray repeats final heroics

Raheny United 2 Peamount United 1
Women's FAI Cup final

NOELLE MURRAY scored in the decider for the second successive season to secure a last-gasp win for Raheny United at Dalymount Park. Having steered St Catherine's to the trophy last term, Murray popped up in the last minute to secure another winner's medal.

Sara Lawlor gave league champions Peamount the lead on seven minutes when she connected with Julie-Ann Russell's cross.

Goalkeeper Linda Meehan kept Peamount ahead with a great save to deny Mary Waldron, but she could do nothing to keep out Waldron's equalising cracker just before half-time.

RAHENY UNITED -- Merrigan; Newman, Cooke, Flood, Campbell; Graham, Creagh, Grant, Killeen; Waldron, N. Murray.

PEAMOUNT UNITED -- Meehan; McLoughlin, Duggan, Byrne, G Murray; Haughton, Quinn, Comerford, Russell; Roche, Lawlor.

Ref -- A Conroy (Dublin).

Drennan earns Ireland place among 'Elite'



IRELAND clinched qualification for the elite qualifying round with a hard-fought win over FYRO Macedonia in Luxembourg.

In torrential rain, Irish goalkeeper Ian Lawlor made a fantastic double save just after the break to deny Macedonia's Darko Velkovski what looked like a certain goal.

As the game wore on, Ireland began to take control of the game, bossing possession and creating chances.

Mikey Drennan finally broke the deadlock with a neat finish in the 81st minute and, despite a nervy finish, Paul Doolin's side hung on.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND -- Lawlor; Baba, Sweeney, Griffin, Hoban, Sadlier, Gallagher, Dillon (Miele 64), Garmston, Byrne, Drennan.

Irish Independent

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