Suc­cess for IT Sligo at Fresh­ers in DCU

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IT Sligo ladies were cel­e­brat­ing their All-Ire­land suc­cess at the Fresh­ers 7s Ladies foot­ball at DCU on Wed­nes­day.

Fol­low­ing the group stages IT Sligo played WIT in the quar­ter fi­nals where they booked a place in the last four against GMIT.

De­spite it be­ing a close game IT Sligo al­ways looked too strong and won out 4-11 - 4-2.

IT Sligo won the In­ter­me­di­ate ti­tle in in­ter­est­ing cir­cum­stances as a free-tak­ing shootout was re­quired be­fore the Con­nacht col­lege lifted the ti­tle, af­ter a ti­tanic bat­tle with Maynooth Univer­sity in the sec­ond fi­nal of the day.

Mayo’s Kath­leen McNally fired the win­ner af­ter 15 frees had been taken, with lit­tle luck in terms of ac­cu­racy early on, be­fore a string of scores, in­clud­ing McNally’s vi­tal kick. Ear­lier, IT Sligo edged the lead at the break, as goals helped them to a 2-4 to 0-7 half-time lead, with Deirdre McNally scor­ing 1-3.

The teams were well bal­anced on the restart, with Maynooth Univer­sity shad­ing the scor­ing as they mounted a come­back.

Shauna Quirke net­ted IT Sligo’s other goal but the sides couldn’t be sep­a­rated, on a 2-9 - 2-9 score­line and free-kicks were re­quired.

Af­ter the game, IT Sligo joint cap­tain Rachel Con­nolly ac­cepted the cup, with the cap­tain du­ties also shared with Ann Sheri­dan.

The squad in­cluded four Sligo play­ers, Leah Sweeney, Lisa Flynn, Zara Stafford and Me­gan McDermott. The side was man­aged by Gavin Caw­ley.

IT Sligo team cap­tains Ann Sheri­dan and Rachael Con­nelly lift the cup as their team-mates cel­e­brate af­ter the In­ter­me­di­ate fi­nal against Maynooth Univer­sity at the 2018 Gourmet Food Par­lour HEC Fresh­ers Blitz at Dublin City Univer­sity in Dublin. Pic: Matt Browne/Sports­file.

Coolaney Macra who were at the Na­tional Dairy Coun­cil GAA 7 a-side All Ire­land Fi­nals in Clara, Co.Of­faly with Macra na Feirme Na­tional Pres­i­dent James Healy. Back row: Me­gan O’Don­nell, Maria Ward, Marie Claire Doyle, Ni­cola Doyle. Front row: Caro­line Quigley, Aoife Kearns and Kate Carthy.

Rachael Con­nelly, joint cap­tain of IT Sligo lifts the cup.

IT Sligo ladies won the In­ter­me­di­ate ti­tle at the Fresh­ers 7s Ladies foot­ball in DCU re­cently.

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