Dublin Looked To Have Completed A Winning Comback But The Drama Continued With Late Goal
There was a drama filled finish to today’s U14 All Ireland Ladies Football ‘Gold’ quarter Final as Longford knocked Dublin out with a late goal with the last kick of the game.
Dublin found themselves eight points adrift after the first half and a stunning second half display from the girls from the Capital looked to have completed a thrilling comeback as they led by two deep into injury time.
But there was still time for even more drama and Longford swept down the pitch to score a goal with the last kick of the game and snatch the win.
Longford started the game brightly and were two points to nil up after just two minutes with the points coming from Ella O’Reilly and Emma Shannon.
A minute later though and Dublin’s Clara Finn clinically finished to the net and a converted free seconds later from Timea Kovacs put the young Dubs two to the good.
That was the cue for a prolonged spell of Longford dominance and they made it count reeling off an unanswered 2-04 with goals coming from Ella O’Reilly and Amy Burke.
A point from Dublin’s Clara Finn momentarily stopped the one way traffic, but with five minutes to go to the break Longford added a further 1-02 their third goal of the half scored by Emma Shannon.
Credit must go to Dublin though as they didn’t let the heads drop and scored four points in a row from Lauren Darcy with two and one apiece from Clara Finn and Timea Kovacs to reduce the deficit and leave the score at the break 3-08 to 1-06.
Longford increased their lead with the opening point of the second half from Kate Shannon.
Dublin needed something to spark them back into the game and a well worked move resulted in Dublin’s second green flag of the game with a fine finish from Kate Stillington.
Points from Kaela Brady and Kate Shannon though pushed the Longford lead back out to eight as they continued to keep Dublin at arms length.
But Dublin were enjoying more possession and got themselves right back in contention with 1-02 in a two minute spell, Lauren Darcy coolly found the back of the net and a Nia Hannon converted free and fine point from play by Kate Stillington put just three points between the sides.
Longford were now struggling for scores with multiple attacks breaking down as the pressure ramped up. But a converted Emma Shannon free extended their lead to four.
With the clock running down both sides were feeling the tension, a Dublin move down the right found Sarah Power and she brilliantly buried the ball into the top left corner of the net to leave the bare minimum between the sides and start nine minutes of exciting late drama including a late goal to win the game.
A point from Kaela Brady gave Longford a two point advantage with three minutes of normal time left.
Then came the late drama during five minutes of injury time. In the 64th minute Dublin got their noses in front for the first time since the fourth minute of the game when Lauren Darcy grabbed her second goal of the contest and Dublin led by one.
Dublin won the resultant kick-out and Sarah Power slotted the ball over the bar and it looked like the young Dubs had completed a stunning winning comeback.
But there was just enough time for Longford to launch one last attack, they worked the ball through the heart of the Dublin defence and Rachel Penrose finished the move to the net for a late goal to snatch the win.
It was a cruel blow for Dublin but over the entirety of the game Longford were the better team and deserved winners in the end.
27. Lauren Darcy 2-02
22. Clara Finn 1-02
25. Kate Stillington 1-01
6. Sarah Power 1-01
14. Timea Kovacs 0-02 (1f)
12. Nia Hannon 0-01 (1f)
27. Emma Shannon 1-03 (1f)
23. Ella O’Reilly 1-02
4. Amy Burke 1-02
29. Rachel Penrose 1-00
3. Kaela Brady 0-03
24. Kate Shannon 0-02
19. Eimear McDonagh 0-01
16. Sasha O’Neill
3. Tamara Conroy
20. Eabha Ni Mhaolagain
17. Anna Watson
8. Kathlyn Tracey
6. Sarah Power
5. Doireann Egan
8. Niamh Murray
9. Aishling Nyhan
29. Heather Bolger
13. Cait Phelan
14. Timea Kovacs
10. Hazel Grady
25. Kate Stillington
22. Clara Finn
27. Lauren Darcy
30. Saoirse Loughlin for 5. Doireann Egan (17)
11. Eimear Adamson for 29. Heather Bolger (26)
7. Tara Leahy for 14. Timea Kovacs (35)
12. Nia Hannon for 6. Sarah Power (38)
29. Heather Bolger for 9. Aishling Nyhan (48)
6. Sarah Power for 13. Cait Phelan (51)
1. Louise Tierney
21. Caoilhin Moran
13. Siobhan Egan
14. Ciara Heaney
26. Tessa Tiernan
18. Kate McEntire
6. Ella Duggan
23. Ella O’Reilly
19. Eimear McDonagh
17. Anna Hayden
24. Kate Shannon
30. Mia Shannon
3. Kaela Brady
27. Emma Shannon
4. Amy Burke
28. Megan Glennon for 30. Mia Shannon (38)
29. Rachel Penrose for 4. Amy Burke (38)
10. Isabelle Fay for 19. Eimear McDonagh (45)
19. Eimear McDonagh for 18. Kate McEntire (62)