DCU GAA Ladies manager Peter Clarke was overly satisfied with his teams’ performance last Thursday night as DCU defeated Ulster University by in the final group game of the O’Connor cup.
Speaking to Clarke after the match, he spoke of the level of commitment and teamwork his side brings to every game and that experience saw them through to the O’Connor cup semi-final, but the focus is to learn from this win and bring it into the next match.
“We’ve been in situations like this many times before where we build up big winning margins. The focus now is not to get ahead of ourselves. University Ulster are a team in transition, they won the B championship last season so a lot of credit goes to team in competing at this level and putting up a fight,” said Clarke.
DCU started the match on a high as they kept Ulster University scoreless for the first 10 minutes of the game. The metropolitan University couldn’t have started off in better fashion kicking three goals in the opening two minutes of the match with Lara Curran, Muirewn Atkinson and the star of the hour Aisling Moloney all get the final touch as they bolted through the heart of the UU defence to fire it past UU goalkeeper Niamh Barr.
DCU kicked on from this proving to powerful in the attack with follow up points from Aoibhinn Cleary, Jennifer Quinn, Ciara Finnegan and Emma Lawlor with Moloney creating the set pieces from centre-half forward.
University Ulster eventually got the name on the scoresheet from a free hit over by Clair McCafferty, however, the Northern Ireland college were pleading for a penalty claiming she was taking down inside the DCU box. UU would eventually receive a penalty at the start of the second half and slot it home from full forward Caitlin Kerry, however the margin was by far to great at this point for University Ulster to recover with the half time score sitting at 7:07 to 0:04.
The penalty on the 4th minute of the second half would even be University Ulster’s final score as DCU kept their domination in the match to run out worthy winners and place themselves in the O’Connor cup semi-final with a final score of 8:12 to 1:05.
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