Lynch Cup Quarter-final
Garda College 2-6
As the saying goes, goals win games and this was certainly the case for the goal hungry DIT Ladies footballers. Playing in horrendous conditions in Templemore Tipperary, DIT’s Ladies Footballers battled the elements to eventually overcome Garda College in the Lynch Cup quart-final on a score line of 5-7 to 2-6.
Having lost their second group game to the hands of WIT on Monday night, this was a huge turnaround in DIT’s performance and work rate to grasp the last of the four spots for the Lynch Cup Weekend which will be hosted in GMIT on the 10th and 11th of March.
DIT started the game with intent registering 1-3 without reply with the first of DIT’s five goals coming from wing-forward Emer Heaney. DIT continued this trend throughout the match using quick transfers and quick movement to unlock the home team’s defence. Points from Aoife Minogue and Amy Connolly pushed the Dublin side further ahead as heavy rainfall and strong winds tested the skill set and fitness levels of both teams. DIT’s defence was rarely tried in the first half and this was testament to the pressure the DIT ladies applied in the opposition half.
Goal getter Niamh Halton smashed the ball to the Garda net mid-way through the first half as DIT looked the better side of the two. With the wind on their backs DIT was a force to be reckoned with Garda College only kicking 0-3 points before the half time whistle. DIT lead comfortably 2-5 to 0-3 at half time.
From the restart, Garda College were on top of play. The first blow came as the Garda recruits kicked 1-1 in three minutes with the wind narrowing the gap back to four. A lack of concentration from DIT seen the Garda college find the posts again with one point separating the sides. But after this purple patch from the gardaí, DIT regained control of the game when Niamh Halton completed her hatrick finding the net again after a series of hand passes and rattling the Garda net from a penalty. One final goal from Kate Dwyer put the finishing touches on a strong performance and booked a semi-final date with UCD2 on Friday March 10th at 11am.