Women’s Irish Junior Cup Final
UCD II 2 (K Hennessy, S Twomey) Railway Union II 1 (M Reidy)
A Sarah Patton-inspired UCD won their second women’s Irish Junior Cup title as they ended Railway Union’s long-winning streak in the competition with a hard-fought 2-1 win at Grange Road.
The sweeper was the driving force throughout, breaking up Railway attacks while setting in motion forward movements with her driving runs out of defence.
It helped lay the base for goals from captain Kate Hennessy and Sophie Twomey nicking goals to build a 2-0 lead before Railway stormed back but could not quite eke out an equaliser.
UCD started on the front foot, winning a trio of penalty corners in the first five minute, testing Riona Norton each time with Sophie Thomas testing her at each turn.
Railway fought back, Kate Orr’s drag-flicks drawing the best from Laura Gunning as did Patricia Friend-Pereira at the left post.
The lead was taken in the 25th minute when Patton stormed all the way down the right baseline and picked out the waiting Hennessy on the back stick, leaving her with a simple chance to push in.
Sarah Young went close to a second before the break as UCD finished the half in the ascendancy. There was little time to rest on their laurels, though, as Zara Delany was bounding forth at every opportunity.
Orr dragged another corner inches wide as Railway came more into it in the second half with Sophia Cole through the middle.
But UCD moved further clear in the 43rd minute when a corner switch back to the injector made its way in, Twomey looping a soft shot on her reverse off a defender and just about over the line. Railway called for danger from the first effort on goal but it was allowed stand.
Railway set about a comeback in good style with Delany planting a shot at Gunning while en exchange between Orr, Cole and Friend-Pereira led to another save.
Patton cleared one from the goalmouth in one heart-stopping moment before Railway got their lifeline with 12 minutes to go. Isobel Joyce kept calm when a corner went awry, finding Dolan whose shot squeezed through Gunning’s defences via Maeve Reidy at the right post.
They threw everything into the last 10 minutes, winning two more corners after they took out their goalkeeper, but they could not find a way through and UCD added a second IJC crown to their 2014 success.
UCD: L Gunning, C Cope, C Feeney, K Hennessy, S Patton, E Reid, S Thomas, S Twomey, E Young, S Young, N Heisterkamp
Subs: E Burke, N Carraher, J Clarke, R McAuley, A O’Brien, R Dowling, J Meates
Railway Union: R Norton, I Joyce, Z Delany, K Orr, J McDonnell, C Coyne, J Long, M Reidy, M Lamb, S Cole, E Dolan
Subs: A Naughton, P Friend-Pereira, S McCready, A Griffin, K Sullivan, N Williams, A Russell