Dublin Looked To Have Completed A Winning Comback But The Drama Continued With Late Goal

Dublin Ladies footballer in a navy jersey and navy shorts breaks away from a Longford player in a dark blue jersey and dark blue shorts during the U14 All Ireland quarter Final which Longford won with a 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.

 

Dublin Scorers:

 

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)

 

Longford Scorers:

 

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

 

Dublin:

 

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

 

Dublin Substitutions:

 

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)

 

Longford:

 

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

 

Longford Substitutions:

 

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)