Giles Cup round 3: IT Carlow 3-9 Trinity College 7-13 .
Trinity ensured their Giles Cup weekend position in round 3 of the competition against IT Carlow in an intense, fast-tempo game in IT Carlow. A huge second half performance from the Dublin side eased passed IT Carlow on a 16 point comfortable victory. The home side got off to a good start hitting 1-2 in the opening minutes with scores from Shauna Ryan (1-0) and Siobhan Feeney (0-2), but this lead was short lived as Nicole Owens (0-1) and Aisling Reynolds (1-0) answered Carlow’s opening attack moments later.
Sharpshooter Nicole Owens had a terrific individual performance kicking 3-8 from play alone from corner-forward, and will be one to watch for Trinity’s Giles Cup semi-final vs IT Tralee on Friday March 20th. Centre-Forward Aisling Reynolds also had a strong display completing a hat-trick of goals making Rebecca McGuirk’s job between the posts a nightmare.
Opening their game with the wind Carlow lead at half time by two points after Ciara Larney put her side in front before the break after slapping the ball past Aisling Byrne. Another first half goal from captain Jackie Kinch turned over a kick out and lobbed Trinity keeper to keep Carlow ahead. Wing back Ellen Healy covered great ground offering support in times of attack and defense and showed her inter-county experience throughout the game. The switch also of Chloe Kelly to mid-field also was effective as she fed ample amount of possession to her forwards.
Trinity substitute Sarah Dempsey gave her management another headache ahead of the Giles weekend scoring 1-1 in under twenty seconds, her teammate Ailbhe Finnerty’s point was the last score before the full time whistle sounded. Trinity worked strategically, using blanket defense system to push out Carlow attackers when they got close to the danger zone. Another key element of Trinity’s play was the kick the ball into the corner where an running attacker would take the ball from the inside forward which left a direct route to the scoring zone which worked extremely well against IT Carlow.
Although ITC’s ladies football year has come to an end the Carlow women showed great character not giving up in the closing stages and showed great vision picking out teammates under serious pressure to set up scores.
Trinity: Nicole Owens (3-8), Aisling Reynolds (3-0), Catriona Smith (0-3), Sarah Dempsey (1-1), Ailbhe Finnerty (0-1)