Gael­choláiste na Mara edge past Di­mini­can side

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - SPORT -

THE first of the girls Se­nior foot­ball A quar­ter-fi­nals was played in Pearse’s Park on Fri­day be­tween Gael­choláiste na Mara Ark­low and Do­mini­can Col­lege Wick­low.

Do­mini­can Col­lege, who had won the ti­tle in four of the past five years, would have been favourites and the first half seemed to go along ex­pected lines.

The Wick­low school did most of the at­tack­ing and led by 1-7 to 0-2, the goal com­ing from the im­pres­sive Saoirse O’Reilly. Gael­cholaiste na Mara did fin­ish the first half with 1-2 to leave the score at the in­ter­val 1-7 to 1-4 in favour of Do­mini­can Col­lege.

The sec­ond half fol­lowed a dif­fer­ent pat­tern. Gael­choláiste na Mara made a great start and had a goal from a penalty by Emma Cox within five min­utes. An­other goal was soon added but Do­mini­can showed their re­silience when Ni­amh Caf­frey found the net at the other end al­most im­me­di­ately.

The re­main­der of the game was a thriller with both teams hav­ing their mo­ments. GCM led by 2 points with time run­ning out but DCW mounted some dan­ger­ous at­tacks. How­ever, the Gael­choláiste de­fence, with Ge­or­gia Earls in in­spired form, held out for a two-pointvic­tory.

Play­ers to im­press for the win­ners in­clude Eimear Kelly, Roisin O’Reilly and Ge­or­gia Earls while Leah Cronin, Sarah Evans, Aine Cahill and Saoirse O’Reilly were to the fore for Do­mini­can Col­lege.

Ref­eree: Terry Cana­van

The Gael­choláiste na Mara foot­balers who de­feated Do­mini­can Col­lege.

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