Aishling Moloney Scored An Injury Time Equaliser As Tipperary Secured A Point Against Dublin

Carla Rowe In Action During the 2020 Lidl Ladies National Football League opening game between Dublin and Tipperary

Dublin 0-10

Tipperary 1-7

By Daire Walsh

The outstanding Aishling Moloney kicked a point deep into stoppage-time to earn Tipperary a share of the spoils with Dublin at the end of a tense Lidl NFL Division 1 clash at Ballyboden St Enda’s.

An All-Star nominee in 2019, Moloney was a thorn in the side of the Metropolitans’ defence throughout.

Carla Rowe led by example for Mick Bohan’s charges and her impressive haul of 0-05 looked set to squeeze the 2018 champions over the line.

However, Moloney displayed nerves of steel to curl a 65th-minute effort between the posts – bringing her final tally to 1-06 in the process.

Starting with just six of the team that defeated Galway in last September’s TG4 All-Ireland senior football final, Dublin hit the ground running through Oonagh Whyte and Carla Rowe points – the latter coming from a close-range free.

The Tipperary line-up featured nine of the side that overcame Meath in last year’s All-Ireland Intermediate decider, and although they took their time to settle, the Premier county exploded into life at the end of the opening quarter.

After converting an earlier free, Moloney brilliantly gathered a long delivery on the edge of the square and coolly fired beyond the reach of Sky Blues goalkeeper Ciara Trant.

This suddenly propelled Tipperary into the driving seat and with Dublin struggling to make headway in attack, additional points courtesy of Caitlin Kennedy and Moloney (two) gave Shane Ronayne’s visitors a deserved 1-4 to 0-2 cushion at the break.

Dublin were much-improved on the resumption, when Rowe and the returning Leah Caffrey posted unanswered scores for the hosts.

Though the ever-dangerous Moloney found the target from long-range, Tipperary lost captain Samantha Lambert to the sin-bin on 38 minutes.

In her absence, Dublin registered three points without reply via the boots of Rowe (two) and Caffrey.

Moloney kicked a routine free in advance of Lambert’s return, but the Dublin challenge gathered significant pace moving into the closing-quarter.

Despite losing Lauren Magee to a yellow-card, the capital outfit looked set to prevail when Rowe (free), Kate Sullivan and the roaming Niamh Collins raised white flags in quick succession.

That was until Moloney’s dramatic intervention ensured both sides had to be content with a point apiece from this compelling encounter.

Dublin Scorers:

11. Carla Rowe 0-05 (4f)

5. Leah Caffrey 0-02

13. Oonagh Whyte 0-01

18. Kate Sullivan 0-01

3. Niamh Collins 0-01

Tipperary Scorers:

11. Aishling Moloney 1-06 (3f)

7. Caitlin Kennedy 0-01

Dublin:

1. Ciara Trant

2. Martha Byrne

3. Niamh Collins

4. Laura McGinley

5. Leah Caffrey

6. Muireann Ni Scanaill

7. Lucy Collins

8. Lauren Magee

9. Jennifer Dunne

10. Laura Kane

11. Carla Rowe

12. Sarah McCaffrey

13. Oonagh Whyte

14. Niamh Sweeney

15. Rebecca McDonnell

Dublin Substitutions:

18. Kate Sullivan for 10. Laura Kane (25)

24. Siobhan Woods for 14. Niamh Sweeney (HT)

25. Caoimhe O’Connor for 12. Sarah McCaffrey (HT)

23. Hannah O’Neill for 13. Oonagh Whyte (38)

17. Aoife Kane for 9. Jennifer Dunne (52)

27. Ciara McGuigan for 4. Laura McGinley (64)

Tipperary:

1. Lauren Fitzpatrick

2. Lucy Spillane

3. Maria Curley

4. Emma Cronin

5. Brid Condon

6. Samantha Lambert

7. Caitlin Kennedy

8. Orla Winston

9. Roisin Daly

10. Ava Fennessy

11. Aishling Moloney

12. Laura Dillon

19. Ellen Moore

14. Emma Morrissey

15. Niamh Hayes

Tipperary Substitutions:

17. Kate Davey for 10. Ava Fennessy (34)

13. Caoimhe Condon for 8. Orla Winston (38)

27. Megan Heffernan for 9. Roisin Daly (44)

29. Sarah McKevitt for 12. Laura Dillon (44)

Referee: Jonathan Murphy (Carlow).