Another Purcell Cup final date awaits DIT and Mary Immaculate College after they couldn’t be separated after two periods of extra-time in a cracking final at DCU.
Purcell Cup Final
By Coilin Duffy
DIT 3-14 Mary Immaculate College 1-20
The passion, commitment and dedication was firmly to the fore, as both sides, in their second game in 24 hours, didn’t want their Centenary Ashbourne Cup weekend dreams to end on a losing note.
DIT fired six goals past Cork IT in their semi-final the previous afternoon, while for Mary Immaculate College just a goal separated them and UUJ, so this final was always primed to be a cracker.
An Emma Flanagan goal was the only score in the second half of the second period of extra-time, with the Dublin players strike ensuring the sides must meet again.
A Megan Ryan goal helped Mary I take a 1-1 to 0-1 lead after 11 minutes in the first half of normal time, but Galway’s Katie O”Dwyer was a constant thorn for the Limerick college, and registered 1-9 in 60 minutes of normal time, including a second half penalty goal.
Mary I shaded a 1-6 to 1-5 lead at half-time in normal time, with DIT’s goal coming late in the half from Monaghan’s Elaine McKernan.
While DIT levelled within 30 seconds of the restart, thanks to a Emma Flanagan score, Mary I launched a firm response.
The Limerick college fired five unanswered points to push 1-11 to 1-6 ahead by the 41st minute.
Caoimhe Costelloe (3) and Laura Mitchell (2) were on target for these scores.
Katie Dwyer’s fifth point was DIT’s first score in 12 minutes, while her penalty strike in the 45th minute helped DIT cut the gap to a point on a 1-11 to 2-7 scoreline.
Mary I again responded with a trio of points, and while O’Dwyer and Kate Aherne responded with scores for DIT, a Shauna Quirke point handed Mary I a 1-15 to 2-9 lead with just a minute of normal time remaining.
But DIT dug deep in the five minutes of injury time that followed, as O’Dwyer landed three points from frees to force extra-time.
Lucan Sarsfields player Ali Twomey claimed DIT’s only score of the first half of the first period of extra-time, and although DIT pushed two ahead on the restart, a brace of long range frees from Mitchell forced more extra time.
Mary I were strongest in the first half of the second period of extra-time, with a brace of Mitchell points and a Rebecca Delee score helping them to a 1-20 to 2-14 interval lead.
However, Flanagan netted what would be the only score of the final period, inside three minutes of the restart, as the sides must meet again for a replay.