Niamh Cummins 65th Minute Point Secured A Dramatic Victory For The Dublin Minor Ladies Footballers Over Old Foes Meath
A Niamh Cummins’ point deep into injury time secured victory for Dublin on Friday evening over old foes Meath in the opening round of the Leinster minor championship.
The game was an entertaining contest which ebbed and flowed for the entire 60+ minutes with the lead exchanging hands a number of times throughout the game.
Early on, Meath looked impressive and raced into a 2 point lead. Emma Duggan was showing well for the Royals, indeed the senior County star nailed all of Meath’s first half scores, five of which came from converted frees as referee Paul Burke made his presence known to both teams.
Despite Meath’s confident start it was Dublin who were ahead at the interval by two points (HT 2-03 to 0-07) with Amy O’Brien and Ella Higgins both raising the green flag for the visitors.
The second half had a number of talking points, a disputed 45’ a disallowed Meath goal (57’ minute), and a Dublin sin binning in the 60th minute to name but a few.
However the real drama arrived with the clock gone into injury time when the aforementioned Emma Duggan hit the back of the Dublin net from a 20 metre free.
Suddenly the game was now level.
From the resulting kick out Dublin battled bravely and worked the ball up the pitch.
The final pass ended up with Niamh Cummins who nailed the winning score in the 65th minute to seal a dramatic victory for the Dublin minors.
Dublin manager, Anthony Cooke will be well pleased with his side’s performance as the young Dubs showed great determination, bravery and a never say die attitude against a hotly tipped Meath team.
Next up for the Dublin minor ladies footballers is a home game versus Kildare in round 2 on March the 15th.
Amy O’Brien 1-06 (5f)
Ella Higgins 1-01
Niamh Cummins 0-03
Kerri Owens 0-01
Emma Duggan 2-09 (5f)
Nicole Smith 0-01
1. Abby Shiels (Lucan Sarsfields)
2. Ava Egan (Foxrock Cabinteely)
3. Tammy Quinn (Thomas Davis)
4. Ellie Hynes (Clontarf)
5. Hannah Howard (Fingallians)
6. Lauren Young (Thomas Davis)
7. Julie Grimes (Naomh Olaf)
8. Kerri Owens (Thomas Davis)
9. Jessica O’Regan (Clontarf)
10. Ciara McCarthy (Fingallians)
11. Caitlin Coffey (Castleknock)
12. Ella Higgins (Kilmacud Crokes)
13. Elyse Jamison Murphy (Na Fianna
14. Sophie McGlynn (St Sylvesters)
15. Amy O’Brien (Garristown)
Niamh Cummins for McCarthy
Shauna Buckley for O’Regan
Jenny O’Hara Doyle for McGlynn
Leona Barry for Coffey
Grace Codd for Higgins
1. Jodie Leavy
2. Saoirse O’Kane
3. Caragh Monaghan
4. Ali Sherlock
5. Aoibhe Monaghan
6. Olivia Gore
7. Caoimhe McPeake
8. Aisling McCabe
9. Ellen Brodigan
10. Alanna McNulty
11. Emma Duggan
12. Aoife Delaney
13. Louise Coyne
14. Meadhbh Byrne
15. Nicole Smith
Referee: Paul Burke (Louth)