Electric Ireland Ashbourne Cup final : TU Dublin 1-11 UC Cork 0-13 (AET)
Electric Ireland Higher Education finals
Loughgiel and Antrim’s Róisín McCormick stood up and was counted in the tense final minutes of Sunday’s Ashbourne Cup final at Belfield, Dublin on Sunday as she landed the match winning point from a free to give the TUD their first ever title at this grade. The point that sealed the title was a pressure score, but she had landed a more nerve wracking one thirty minutes earlier when she stepped up and fired over the equaliser at the end of normal time. Miss that one and the dream was over but the former Cross & Passion College star showed her great character to spark scenes of great celebrations in this legendry competition.
Megan Dowdall, who picked up the Player of the Match award, scored a goal for TU Dublin in the first half of extra-time. But the Cork college fought back to level at 0-13 to 1-10 with a minute still to play. The pressure was intense during those last hectic minutes but McCormick held her nerve and wrote her name in the history books when she sent over her sixth point of a thrilling final.
In the semi-final the previous day TUD had beaten SETU Waterford by 3-15 to 0-7 with Roisin scoring 1 goal and 6 points
While the Dublin college were celebrating it turned out to be a disappointing day for Roisin’s Loughgiel club mate Mary McKillen who was part of the Queens University Belfast who were narrowly beaten in the Fr Meaghair Cup final by UCD.
McKillen had scored 2-3 in Saturday’s win of the Belfast college when they beat MTU 5-16 to 2-7 in Saturday’s semi-final, the Loughgiel star joined on the team by Ruairi Og’s Sine Woodhouse.