Claudia Tierney Cup final
Rathdown 0 Muckross Park 2 (A Flynn, K Fitzgerald)
A goal a piece from Aoife Flynn and Katie Fitzgerald saw Muckross claim the Claudia Tierney Cup title at Grange Road, getting the better of Rathdown 2-0 in a tight-knit battle.
There was little between the sides throughout but the Donnybrook school’s greater efficiency in front of goal proved vital, taking their two chances while Rathdown were denied on several occasions by the excellent Lauren Travers.
Indeed, Rathdown started much the stronger. Lily Lloyd’s sixth minute corner was deflected just wide while Lauren O’Reilly pinched the ball on the edge of the Muckross circle only to have her chance smothered by Travers.
But, from her side’s first big attack, Flynn broke the deadlock. She read a cross-field pass superbly, nicking in ahead of the last defender and her first shot had her through on goal. With her second, she coolly slotted past Martha Hassett in the 14th minute
Hassett was superb soon after from another one versus one chance before Travers ensured that Muckross clung on to the 1-0 half-time lead with another close range stop.
Niamh Shaw, one of the Muckross star in defence, went close to doubling that advantage early in the second half from her side’s first corner while another strike produced a good save as play went from end to end.
And the crucial moment came in the 43rd minute. Sadie Lanigan cut in from the right wing and her perfectly angled cross was turned in at the front post by Fitzgerald.
In reply, spurred on by Amber Barnwell from the back, Rathdown again created chances but could not find a way past Travers, Rebecca Byrne drawing one last block from the goalkeeper.
For Muckross, it was something of a family affair with three sets of sisters – the Shaws, the McGranes and the Ferrys – all contributing two players each to the line-up. Next on their agenda is a cup date with Newbridge College while Rathdown will play High School in their second round tie.
Rathdown: M Hassett, R Ray, T May, A Berkery, L Lloyd, R Byrne, E Byrne, A Barnwell, M Doyle, G Burns, L O’Reilly, A Horgan, F May, R Burke, C O’Connor, S Hickey
Muckross Park: L Travers, N Ferry, L Shaw, N Shaw, C Ferry, E Clarke, E McGrane, R Cuddy, S Lanigan, S Maleady, A McNulty, E O’Gorman, A Flynn, K Fitzgerald, L McGrane, E Vaughan