NUI Galway 0-6
Michael O’Connor in Dublin
NUI Galway had no answer against a high-quality DCU side in the final of the O’Connor Shield at the weekend, with the Galway students suffering a 21-point defeat against a side that is looking like being a dominant force in the next couple of years.
The new Dublin Technical University astro turf facility in Broomsbridge housed this shield final played in windy conditions with the strong crossfield wind favouring NUI Galway slightly in the first-half, but it was DCU who opened the scoring through Amy Mangan after five minutes of intense pressure from Pat King’s charges.
Eventually, NUIG got into the action and kicked three scores in the following five minutes. Eimear O’Kane was first out of the blocks with NUI Galway’s opening score quickly followed by Grainne Nolan and Chloe Miskell.
Roscommon dual player, Rachel Fitzmaurice, sent a scorable chance abegging 11 minutes into the game before DCU rallied with a free converted by Tipperary star Aisling Moloney that kickstarted a period of dominance by the favourites.
The outstanding DCU side which won the O’Connor Cup in 2018 saw the majority of the side graduate, and this side is likely to be strong contenders with many Freshers and 2nd Years making their debuts this season.
Wexford full-forward Aisling Murphy struck for the first of the DCU goals in the 14th minute despite strong defensive efforts by the NUI Galway side led by Laura Hession, Chloe Crowe and Laura Corcoran.
Three points in as many minutes from Murphy and the impressive Laura Curran (2) stretched the Dublin college 1-6 to 0-3 clear after 18 minutes.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.
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