15 March 2017
Trina Duggan's extra time penalty caps off the Garda College's return to Third Level Football with success
A strong comeback saw newcomers Garda College Templemore claim their first Third Level Football trophy with a narrow 2-1 extra time win over the local Mary Immaculate College side in the Women's League Challenge Shield final at UL.
An early goal from Niamh Egan had put Mary Immaculate in a dominant position by the interval with only a couple of dangerous corners from Julie Condon the only threat coming from Garda.
The second half saw a determined Garda side quickly take the upper hand.
Aoife O'Gorman had a close range shot blocked by Ciara Downes then Trina Duggan just failed to get a touch on to another well delivered Condon corner.
The Garda pressure was rewarded on the hour mark when the impressive Condon collected a Amy Lee Quinn free kick to get past Carolinas Dullea on the left and fire home a stunning effort past a helpless Hazel Shanahan.
Duggan might have won the game for Garda near the end of normal time but her shot from close in was brilliantly saved by Shanahan.
A penalty for hand ball in the sixth minute of extra time then decided the outcome and Duggan with a cool finish made sure the Garda captured their first trophy.
MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE: Hazel Shanahan; Carolina Dullea, Sarah Flattery, Ciara Downes, Regina Fitzgibbon; Niamh Egan, Laura Grace; Niamh Mackey, Ali McCormack, Iona Cummins; Everena Everard.
SUBS: Abigel Connellan (for Egan 59 mins), Emily Corcoran (for Fitzgibbon 98 mins), Grace O'Shaughnessy, Orla Higgins, Shauna Murphy.
GARDA COLLEGE TEMPLEMORE: Jenny McNicholas; Aoife Mangan, Amy Lee Quinn, Shannon Martin, Orla Moriarty; Bridgeen Devenney, Ellen Crowley; Patrice Ryan, Aoife O'Gorman, Julie Condon; Trina Duggan.
SUBS: Margaret Revins (for Ryan 65 mins), Claire Young, Michelle McCormack, Lorna Malee, Grace Carney, Natasha Quigley, Eimer Fagan, Zara Johnston, Ciara Doherty.