Waterford IT 2-13
University of Limerick 1-9
The second round game in pool A of the Ashbourne 2012 was played yesterday in UL in which the home side and visitors WIT served up a well contested game for the strong cohort of supporters in attendance. A bright crisp spring day and relatively good underfoot conditions lent itself to a good open fast game with both sides keen to progress in this year’s championship. After a very lively start both sides exchanged scores from placed balls; Emma Comerford for WIT and Tipp senior Cait Devane for UL.
A ding dong battle then ensued with both defences and mid field parings doing well as the intensity of the game grew. Despite the strong defending of UL captain Susan Vaughan and Maria Walsh at centre back and the hard working Bolger sisters it was WIT who managed to dominate the next quarter with two well taken goals by Marie Dargan and Emma Comerford and from placed balls by Patricia Jackman and Emma Comerford before UL added another point from a free. Just before half time WIT captain Katie Power tacked on two good points from play.
The second half very much belonged to UL who got off to a flying start and with great work by Niamh O Dea, Niamh Richardson, Cait Devane and Cork senior Julia White saw them notching up 1-2 before Patricia Jackman added to her tally for WIT from placed balls and Denise Gaule’s well worked point from play. Further points were soon exchanged for both sides by their respective top free takers; Cait Devane for UL and Emma Commerford for WIT, each pointing from the penalty spot before bringing the game to a close.
Though disappointed UL who were without their full back Shona Curran, a star from Waterford’s Junior All Ireland winning side last year will take much heart from their second half display as they head into their second group game against NUIG next week and which should prove to be a very eagerly contested encounter.
WIT now progress to the Cup semi finals and will know that despite some good patches of play that more will be required over the full sixty minutes if they are to secure a place in the final.
UL: S Moynihan, E Frisby, S Vaughan (capt), C Motherway, E Ryan, M Walsh, N O Dea, Lisa Bolger (1-0,free), Linda Bolger, F Keely, R Byrne, C Devane (0-9, 0-8 frees) (, J White, N Richardson, M Scanlon, subs: J Mulcahy for M Scanlon (20 mins) C O Leary for F Keely (24 mins)
WIT: K Keneally, R Jones, SA Fitzgerald, L Keena, P Jackman (0-4,frees), C Dormer, A Carroll, K O’ Donoghue, K Parrock, K Power (0-2), M Quilty, S Farrell, M Dargan (1-0), D Gaule (0-1), E Comerford (1-6, 0-5 frees)
Referee: Mike O Connor
Waterford IT 2-8
University of Limerick 0-4
Waterford IT were celebrating yesterday after capturing their fourth successive Ashbourne Cup title. Played on home soil in the splendid Sports Campus grounds, they were made to fight for the silverware. They didn’t get matters their own way against a resilient UL team who battled bravely only to be overtaken by the holders in the final quarter.
The turning point arrived midway through the second half when All Ireland medallist Katrina Parrock found the net. The midfielder had just switched into full forward and made no mistake finding the net from close range. Gaining momentum, Kilkenny attacker Marie Dargan added a second goal three minutes later. From there to the full whistle Waterford IT pulled away adding four unanswered points.
UL made a brave start and held the upper hand with three points on the board before WIT opened their account. To be truthful, the Limerick College should have been further ahead with Maria Walsh and Cait Devane impressing. WIT didn’t record their first score from play until the 23rd minute from Dargan. The sides were tied 0-3 apiece at half-time.
UL continued to mark tight following the resumption and were also grateful to a point-blank save from keeper Sile Moynihan. However, once Parrock rattled the net the home side’s confidence began to soar. Driven on by the powerful play of Patricia Jackman, Collette Dormer and Aisling Carroll in the half back line, Waterford IT were not going to be stopped.
Their forward line (consisting of five Kilkenny county players) began to click. Dargan raised their second green flag on 48 minutes, followed by two massive Jackman frees and a Dargan point with two minutes left to play. Four minutes into added time Comerford signed off with her third pointed free as the cup was set to remain in WIT – a team managed by Wexford senior player Helena Jacob with her sister Ursula acting as selector along with Austin Murphy.
Scorers for WIT: M Dargan 1-2, K Parrock 1-0, E Comerford 0-3 (frees), P Jackman 0-2 (frees), D Gaule 0-1.
Scorers for UL: C Devane 0-3 (frees), M Walsh 0-1.
WIT: K Kenneally (Tipperary); R Jones (Kilkenny), S A Fitzgerald (Laois), L Keena (Offaly); P Jackman (Waterford), C Dormer (Kilkenny), A Carroll (Tipperary); K O’Donoghue (Cork), K Parrock (Wexford); D Gaule (Kilkenny), M Quilty (do), S Farrell (do); M Dargan (do), K Power (do), E Comerford (do).
Subs: L Sinnott (Wexford) for M Quilty (62 mins), M Doyle (Wexford) for E Comerford (64).
UL: S Moynihan (Limerick); C Motherway (Cork), S Curran (Waterford), E Frisby (Kilkenny); E Ryan (Cork), S Vaughan (Clare), N O’Dea (Clare); N Richardson (Limerick), M Walsh (Cork); Lisa Bolger (Wexford), C Devane (Tipperary), R Byrne (Kilkenny); J White (Cork), M Scanlon (Clare), Linda Bolger (Wexford).
Subs: F Keely (Galway) for M Scanlon.
Referee: C Egan (Cork).
Meanwhile, goals from Aoife Bugler, Catriona Regan, Orlaith Durkan and Emma Brennan helped Dublin City University to a 4-7 to 0-4 victory over Queen’s University Belfast in the Purcell Cup final. In the Ashbourne Shield University of Ulster Jordanstown recorded a thrilling 2-13 to 3-9 win over National University of Ireland Galway courtesy of goals from Karen Kielt and Captain Sara Louise Carr.
Cork Institute of Technology were 4-11 to 0-2 winners in the Purcell Shield final against Athlone IT with Denise Luby firing 3-4, while Mary Immaculate College Limerick were grateful to a 10-point haul from Naomi Carroll in their 0-15 to 0-3 win over St Patrick’s College Drumcondra in the Fr Meachair Cup final. St Mary’s Belfast claimed the honours in the Fr Meachair Shield decider 3-6 to 3-4 against IT Tralee.