Deirdre on All-Ire­land winning Lon­don team

Bray People - - Sport -

DEIRDRE O’RIOR­DAN from Manor Kil­bride in West Wick­low won an All-Ire­land medal play­ing for Lon­don against Derry re­cent.

Deirdre was pre­vi­ously a Wick­low player but trans­ferred only this sum­mer when she moved to Lon­don af­ter suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing a sci­ence de­gree at Trin­ity Col­lege.

She still played Cham­pi­onship for Kil­bride this year fly­ing over for and back for matches, and it caps a tremendous year for Deirdre, who in the past twelve months has played for TG4 Un­der­dogs, was named player of the year for Trin­ity Col­lege and Kil­bride and also made the Le­in­ster in­ter-pro­vin­cial team.

The match at Croke Park against Derry was a high scor­ing one with Deirdre chip­ping in a well­taken goal and an ac­com­plished per­for­mance at cor­ner-for­ward. Derry scored in the first 30 sec­onds of the match only for Lon­don to re­spond in dev­as­tat­ing fash­ion where they built up an eight point lead in the first fif­teen min­utes to the de­light of the Ex­iles fans who had crossed the Ir­ish Sea to cheer the girls on.

Derry were a very strong side and chipped away at Lon­don’s lead with a suc­ces­sion of well taken points but the ma­raud­ing Lon­don for­wards con­tin­ued to rat­tle the Derry net, with Deirdre lay­ing on a goal for Linda Lodge, who scored a hat-trick of goals.

The end of the match was met with emo­tional scenes from a team that were los­ing fi­nal­ists last year from a team that has rep­re­sented the Ir­ish com­mu­nity in Lon­don with dis­tinc­tion.

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