Goals From Oonagh Whyte, Nicole Owens And Niamh McEvoy Seal Eighth TG4 Leinster Senior Title In A Row

Dublin Squad Celebrate on the pitch after claiming their eighth TG4 Leinster Senior title in a row.
Dublin Squad Celebrate After Claiming Their Eighth TG4 Leinster Senior Title In A Row.

Dublin 4-11

Westmeath 1-07

By Kieran Murphy

Dublin claimed their eighth TG4 Leinster senior title in a row, but the scoreline doesn’t do justice to Westmeath who only fell out of contention thanks to late goals from Niamh McEvoy and Nicole Owens at netwatch Cullen Park.

Dublin recovered from the early loss of Sinead Aherne through injury to lead at half-time and Mick Bohan’s side were convincing winners after a powerful second-half display.

In a low scoring first quarter Westmeath brought the game to the reigning All-Ireland champions. Sarah Dillon landed a third-minute point, but three minutes later they suffered a set-back when Kelly Boyce Jordan was yellow carded.

Dublin’s Ciara Trant is Presented with the Leinster Trophy as Dublin beat Westmeath to claim their Eighth TG4 Leinster Senior title in a row.
Dublin’s Ciara Trant Is Presented With The Leinster Trophy By Leinster Ladies Football President Dominic Leech.

It didn’t damage them in defence though as they kept the Dubs scoreless for the opening quarter. The challengers scored the next two points through Annie Dolan and a Leanne Slevin free.

McEvoy finally got Dublin off the mark with a free on 15 minutes but that was cancelled out when Sarah Dolan pointed for Westmeath. Westmeath had a let-off when McEvoy hit the crossbar from a free but the Dubs were not going to be denied as McEvoy and the excellent Sinead Goldrick pointed to level the game on 26 minutes.

Moments later when Owens broke through the Westmeath defence, she still had a lot to do but her off-load to Whyte was accurate and the ball receiver found the net.

Dublin’s Sinead Goldrick Is Presented With The Player Of The Match Award By Leinster Ladies Football President Dominic Leech.

Westmeath hit back with two frees from Slevin, but just before the interval Whyte found the net once more to give the All-Ireland champions a 2-4 to 0-6 interval lead.

With Westmeath piling on the pressure Jennifer Dunne picked up a yellow card for Dublin but they responded well scoring the next two points through Whyte and Owens.

Westmeath got a huge boost when Slevin converted a penalty after Boyce Jordan was fouled after penetrating the defence.

Sean Finnegan’s side came at Dublin in the final quarter but with ten minutes to go they suffered a double setback when the influential Jo-Hanna Maher was yellow carded and from the free out Dublin worked possession up the field and Owens took a pass from Whyte before finding the net.

That broke the heart of Westmeath who had worked themselves to a standstill up to this. McEvoy scored a fourth goal in the closing stages as Dublin ran out winners but not as emphatic as it looked.

Dublin’s Nicole Owens Evades The Tackle Of Westmeath’s Sarah Dolan.

Dublin Scorers:

18. Oonagh Whyte 2-02

11. Niamh McEvoy 1-04 (4f)

10. Nicole Owens 1-02

15. Noelle Healy 0-01

6. Sinead Goldrick 0-01

23. Eabha Rutledge 0-01

 

Westmeath Scorers:

26. Leanne Slevin 1-03 (1-00 pen, 3f)

30. Sarah Dillon 0-01

13. Annie Dolan 0-01

11. Sarah Dolan 0-01

9. Maud Annie Foley 0-01

 

Dublin:

1. Ciara Trant

2. Martha Byrne

3. Niamh Collins

4. Rachel Ruddy

5. Aoife Kane

6. Sinead Goldrick

7. Lauren Magee

8. Olwen Carey

9. Siobhan McGrath

10. Nicole Owens

11. Niamh McEvoy

18. Oonagh Whyte

13. Sinead Aherne

14. Niamh Hetherton

15. Noelle Healy

 

Dublin Substitutions:

12. Jennifer Dunne for 13. Sinead Aherne (11)

23. Eabha Rutledge for 4. Rachel Ruddy (38)

20. Caoibhe O’Connor for 15. Noelle Healy (51)

21. Orlagh Noonan for 9. Siobhan McGrath (56)

24. Sarah Fagan for 6. Sinead Goldrick (60)

Dublin’s Oonagh Whyte Is Tackled By Westmeath’s Karen McDermott

Westmeath:

1. Lauren McCormack

2. Rachel Dillon

3. Jennifer Rogers

29. Nicole Feery

5. Kelly Boyce Jordan

6. Fiona Claffey

7. Karen McDermott

8. Jo-hanna Maher

9. Maud Annie Foley

10. Vicky Carr

11. Sarah Dolan

12. Lucy McCartan

13. Annie Dolan

14. Anna Jones

30. Sarah Dillon

 

Westmeath Substitutions:

26. Leanne Slevin for 30. Sarah Dillon (9)

20. Chloe Kelly for 11. Sarah Dolan (42)

25. Laura Brennan for 26. Leanne Slevin (53)

4. Lucy Power for 2. Rachel Dillon (56)

15. Karen Hegarty for 12. Lucy McCartan (63)