Deirdre on All-Ireland winning London team
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.