15 March 2016
NUI Galway, IT Sligo, University of Limerick and Athlone IT capture the silverware at the WSCAI Finals in UL.
NUI Galway Women's side were celebrating after capturing their first ever Premier League title with a dramatic penalty shoot out victory over the formidable IT Carlow in the final at University of Limerick.
The sides were level at 3-3 after 20 minutes of extra time and Galway 'keeper Louise Creaven then became her side's hero with penalty saves from Amy Walsh and Jenni Ferrai to give skipper Jenny Byrne the chance to beat Carlow 'keeper Jackie Kinch and take the title to Galway after Paula McGrory, Shauna Fox and Lisa Casserly had all been on target with their spot kicks.
US student Kara Shue fired the Galway women in front half way through an opening half that her side had always looked the more dangerous.
Carlow eventually hit back and two goals before the break from senior international Claire O'Riordan looked to have put them in a good position.
When O'Riordan struck quickly again to complete her hat trick early in the second half the game well in the control of the impressive Carlow side.
However two goals in a five minute spell just over the midway point of the half brought a battling Galway back into the game.
Casserly got in ahead of the Carlow defence to grab the first on 70 minutes and five minutes later Byrne headed the equaliser after Kinch had pushed a Casserly free off the crossbar.
O'Riordan looked odds on to claim her fourth goal in the first period of extra time but Creaven did really well to get a hand to the low drive.
While at the other end Tori D'Cunto had a chance to claim the winner for Galway but a great tackle from Rebecca Horgan kept her out.
Rachael Graham and O'Riordan both netted their spot kicks for Carlow but it was Creaven who produced the saving to give NUI Galway the victory.
Two goals from Aoife Brennan and a third from Rachel Kearns gave IT Sligo a 3-1 win over Waterford IT in the Premier Plate final after Rachel Hutchinson had given Waterford a sixth minute lead.
A dramatic Division One final saw the hosts University of Limerick edge out DCU on a 6-4 scoreline after extra time.
McKenna Davidson was the hero of the day for UL with a brilliant hat trick while Katie Hurley, Cassidy Davis and Clare Keating completed their total.
DCU scored from Emma Boyle and Aine Bennett free kicks and further goals from Roisin Cafferty and Cadhla Gillen.
The Challenge Cup went to Athlone IT after a hard fought battle with IT Tallaght.
The opening score came after over an hour of play when Jess O'Connor put Athlone in front. Donna Materson and Aisling Cosgrove added two further goals in the final ten minutes for a deserved victory.