The Ladies Football Lynch Cup Panel 2014
In their opening game of the Lynch Cup, CIT secured a home victory against Dublin IT. Played on the 18th of February, the hosts outscored their Dublin counterparts 1-17 to 2-08.
Their 2nd group game involved the team travelling to Dublin City University on the 26th of February. Played in blustery conditions, CIT overcame the opposition and the wind to notch up 4-11 to the home side's 3-09.
In the third and final group game, the girls met Waterford IT on Tuesday 4th of March. Like CIT, WIT too were unbeaten in their group games, so this encounter was a winner takes all affair. With their backs to the wall, CIT showed their true colours and utilised the home advantage to give their best display to date when they powered their way to a 4-13 to 2-08 win and secure a place at the Intervarsity weekend in Belfast.
The CIT Ladies Football Team travelled the long road to Queens University, Belfast, hoping to go one stage further than last year's semi-final appearance when they went out at the semi-final stage to evenual winners Trinity College Dublin. In their way they faced RGU of Aberdeen on the Friday's opening game.The CIT girls met the challange from the British Champions head on and an early goal set the pace which they continued throughout. Having led at half-time 1:06 to 0:02, CIT played with the elements after the short whistle and ended the game with an impressive 3:16 to 0:02 score line, to reach their first final since 1999.
In the Final of the 2014 Lynch Cup played the following day,CIT faced opponents St Pats Dromcondra, who had overcome Dundalk IT in the other semi-final. In a very even contest, it was the Dublin outfit who held the slender lead of 1:05 to 0:07 at half-time. Despite playing into a strenghtening breeze in the second half, and conceeding an early second half goal, the Institute's Senior Ladies footballers fought back gallantly and were on even scores with a few minutes left on the clock. In the closing stages, St Pats edged ahead and while CIT threw everything at them, they lost out at the very end by the narrowest of margins of 2-12 to 1-14.
Although the CIT girls were devestated after the defeat they can be very proud of their contribution to a wonderful exciting game and consoled in the knowledge that they served the Institute with pride and distinction. CIT Goal-keeper and Fresher Jean O Sullivan received an HEC All-Star for her performances at the intervarsity weekend and we at CIT Student GAA Club are delighted that she was selected.
The team was brilliantly managed by Irene Hogan, Denis Lordan, Norma Buckley, Alison Moore and Christine Nolan and captained by Danielle O Shea of Inch Rovers Cork. With much of the panel back again next year, here is hoping that we can go one step further.
|Erin Sheehan||Abbeydourney||Kerry||Recreation and
|Sarah Mc Evoy||Crettyard||Laois||Electrical
|Amie Dudley||Ardfinnan||Tipperary||Recreation and
|Sandra Conroy||Mourne Abbey||Cork||Social Care MA|
Shea||Inch Rovers||Cork||Business Studies|
Brien||Moyle Rovers||Tipperary||Recreation and
|Cliona O Dwyer||Brian Boru's||Tipperary||Culinary Arts|
|Aoife Walsh||Inch Rovers||Cork||Recreation and
|Emma Farmer||Aghada||Cork||Recreation and
|Jessica O Shea||Inch Rovers||Cork||Recreation and
|Nicole Hickey||Glanmire||Cork||Recreation and
|Jane O Brien||Ardmore||Waterford||Recreation and
|Claire Mullins||Aherlow||Tipperary||Nutrition Health
Budden ||Nemo Rangers||Cork||Recreation and
Sullivan||Spa||Kerry||Applied Bio Science|
|Patricia Kelly||Comeragh Rangers||Waterford||Culinary Arts|
|Laura Burchill||Aghada||Cork||Accounting MA|
|Maire Hitchen||Beale||Kerry||Recreation and
|Rebecca Lynch||Kildorrery||Cork||Applied Bio Science|
|Mairin Egan||Bishopstown||Cork||Business Marketing|
|Louise Desmond||Naomh Aban||Cork||Business Studies|