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LFA WOMEN”S JUNIOR CUP FINAL

CHAMPIONS: TEK CELEBATE THEIR PROVINCIAL TITLE AFTER THEIR 2-1 WIN OVER ST PATS CY Pic: Eamon Scott

GLORY NIGHT FOR TEK AS McDONALD AND MEANY DELIVER PROVINCIAL CROWN

LFA PRESIDENT TONY MARTIN PRESENTS THE LFA WOMENS JUNIOR CUP TO LAURA DONNELLY OF TEK UTD

TEK UNITED………….2 ST PATRICKS CY……1


GOALS FROM Aishling McDonald and Katherine Meany earned an historic ‘All-Leinster’  LFA Junior cup success at the expense of St Pats CY in an entertaining decider at Tolka Park on Wednesday evening. 

The final is the first to be run under the auspices of the Leinster Football Association that encompases all women’s leagues within the province, and, as a showcase for the ladies game, it was a brilliant occasion played out in front of an appreciative attendance of 300 paying spectators.

 Courtney Masterson was a popular winner of the Player of the Match Award but pushing her close was team mates  Laura Donnelly and goalkeeper Shauna Whelan. 

By EAMON SCOTT

HEADS UP: Shauna Whelan of TEK United heads clear to break up a St Pats CY attack

The opening goal came in the 40th minute from Aishling McDonald who drilled past Serena Hannon, the CY netminder who was caught out of position as she looked to retrieve a cross in from the right wing but McDonald who had pulled a big save out of Hannon in the 20th minute, was not be be denied  with an angled shot from the left side of the CY penalty area.

 That goal was a fair reflection of TEK’s dominance as they had showed in the opening period as TEK displayed more cohesive creativity and looked more likely to make the breakthrough. And it could have been two-nil in the dying seconds as skipper Donnelly arrived a split second too late after excellent work by Rachel Smith down the right flank to pull in an inviting cross that was begging to be stroked home. 

But CY came out fired up for the second period and forced TEK to defend deeper. Both Masterson and Michelle Doherty at the heart of the victors defence were excellent while the safe hands of Whelan was a huge part of the solid look to their defensive duties. 

It was going to take something special to penetrate their defensive line and that came courtesy of  a thunderbolt of a strike from CY fullback Sarah Maher. 

An attack down the right flank was repulsed and a cleared ball fell to Maher some thirty yards out and she instantly blasted the ball through a forest of bodies with a clean strike all the way to the net. 

That tied it up at one apiece and TEK suffered a couple of players going down with cramps but they weathered the setback and set about regaining the lead. The match was back in the melting pot but the winner came just five minutes later and it was a goal worthy of winning such a prestigious final. 

EYES ON THE BALL: Hallie Green of TEK United looks to get the ball under control. Photos: Eamon Scott

A free kick was awarded on the left side of the penalty area by referee Darragh White and Katherine Meany produced a sublime execution to get the ball over the wall and find the top right hand corner past the despairing lunge of Hannon in the CY goal.

CY continued to give it their all and they conjured up a last minute chance when centre-forward Ericka Nangle got in on goal down the right channel but Whelan came smartly off her line to smother the opportunity and the chance was gone. 

Six minutes of injury time simply delayed TEK’s crowning as provincial champions and manager Ann Dodd – a member of the famous Borough football family – proudly looked on with assistant Gary Murphy as they finally released a dream of claiming provincial glory. 

LFA President Tony Martin was on hand to perform the presentation duties to Laura Donnelly to the delight of the red shirts of TEK United.


ST PATRICK’S CYMS: Serena Hannon; Siobhan McGinley, Sarah Maher, Anna Mullan, Niamh Flood, Kim Flood, Susan Vaughan, Chelsea Spain, Ericka Nangle, Lynsey Meredith, Orla McGonagle.  Subs: Cara Cooke for McGonagle (61mins); Ciara Sexton for Meridth (68 mins), Michelle Whelan for Mullan (88 mins). Mariah Sullivan, Meabh Malone, Sinead Whelan.

 TEK UNITED:  Shauna Whelan; Aine Dunster, Chelsea Rigley, Courtney Masterson, Michelle Delaney, Hallie Green, Katherine Meany, Aishling McDonald, Rachel Smith, Laura Donnelly, Ciara Byrne. Subs: Ciara Dease for Meany 74 mins). Abbey Corcoran, Lara Shanklan, Sandra Comiskey, Sam Faulkner. 

Referee: Darragh White; Asst Ref: Dean Turner, Dylan Redmond; 4th official: Patrick Conway.

 

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