Well done to Katriona Parrock who won the Ashbourne Cup final on Sunday with Waterford IT. This is Katriona’s first year in college and gave a great performance, and received player of the match in the final. Read more for weekend reports
WIT retain Ashbourne Cup
Waterford IT retained the Ashbourned Cup as they had two points to spare over UCC in the final at Cork Institute of Technology on Sunday afternoon. WIT accounted for University of Ulster, Jordanstown in the semi-final on Saturday, while UCC defeated UCD by the narrowest of margins in their semi-final game.
Ursula Jacob and Karen Kelly were in flying form for Waterford IT on as they enjoyed a relatively easy passage to the final of the Ashbourne Cup at CIT on Saturday. Full-forward and captain Jacob scored 1-4 while Kelly, beside her in the corner, notched 1-1 but all over the pitch WIT were well on top in this clash and never looked to be in any real danger. Midfielder Katrina Parrock got through a huge amount of work and was desperately unlucky not to decorate her performance with a deserved goal, as she was twice denied late on by saves from UUJ goalkeeper Eleanor Mallon.
Mallon was a big reason why the margin between the sides at the end wasn’t larger, as she also pulled off stops to deny Kelly in the second half. From the off WIT were on top, though. Points from Anne Dalton, Jacob and Denise Gaule had them three to the good before Kelly struck for a goal in the 15th minute, finishing well after Katie Power had been hooked. Shannon Graham did open UUJ’s account before the break, but Kelly responded to that to leave it 1-4 to 0-1 as the sides turned around. It was much the same after the restart, Jacob continuing to find the target with Power also getting in on the act. Frees from Karen Gribben were all UUJ could muster in response and the game was done and dusted in the 49th minute with Jacob’s goal, controlling a Kelly pass before sending the ball to the top corner.
In the final, WIT were efficient in most sectors while UCC suffered from an over-reliance on Cork players Orla Cotter and Denise Cronin, though centre-back Fionnuala Carr also put in a solid performance. Ultimately though, WIT’s better economy from scoring opportunities was what swung the game when it was in the melting pot after Cronin scored a brilliant goal for UCC in the 39th minute of the game.
In a low-scoring first half, the sides traded blows, and with chances were hard to come by WIT led by 0-3 to 0-2 at the interval, Marie O’Neill having the best goal opportunity for them only to be denied by Denise Leahy. WIT produced a brilliant start to the second half, however, and points from Parrock, Jacob, Redmond and Karen Kelly extended their lead. Cronin struck to narrow the gap again though, dispossessing Redmond before soloing from halfway and unleashing a brilliant shot from just outside the 20m line. When Cronin’s midfield partner Jill Horan pointed immediately after, there was a point between the sides and it was all to play for, but UCC could not muster an equaliser.
Instead, Parrock responded for WIT and then Jacob won the resultant puckout and slotted over to put the margin back to three points. After Cotter and Power exchanged points, UCC’s Horan had a goal chance but Kristina Kenneally was equal to it and in the end WIT managed to hold out thanks to some good defending.
Four of the WIT team were also selected on the Ashbourne All-Star team for their performances over the weekend as follows: Kationa Parrock, Ursula Jacob, Collete Dormer and Patricia Jackman while Katriona Parrock received the player of the tournament award.
WIT 0-11 UCC 1 – 6:
Scorers for Waterford IT: U Jacob 0-4 (0-2f), M O’Neill, K Parrock 0-2 each, S Redmond, K Power, K Kelly 0-1 each.
UCC: O Cotter 0-4 (0-3f), D Cronin 1-1, J Horan 0-1.
WATERFORD IT: K Kenneally; T Shortt, SA Fitzgerald, K Cottrell; C Dormer, A Dalton, S Redmond; D Gaule, T Jackman; K Power, M O’Neill, K Parrock; K Kelly, U Jacob, M Quilty.
UCC: D Leahy; J Brien, S Collins, E O’Shea; A McNamara, F Carr, M Crowley; J Horan, D Cronin; G Kenneally, O Cotter, T Muldowney; D Fahy, S McGrath, A McLoughney.
Referee: J Morrissey (Tipperary).
WIT 2-10 UUJ 0-3
WATERFORD IT: K Kenneally; T Shortt, SA Fitzgerald, K Cottrell; C Dormer, A Dalton (0-1f), S Redmond; K Parrock, C Raher; D Gaule (0-1), M O’Neill (0-1), P Jackman; K Power (0-1), U Jacob (1-4, 0-1f), K Kelly (1-1).
Subs: M Quilty (0-1) for O’Neill (50), L Keena for Fitzgerald (52), J Lynch for Raher (54), K Ryall for Shortt, M Hogan for Gaule (both 57).
UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER, JORDANSTOWN: E Mallon; K Tinnelly, R O’Boyle, C Carey; A McCusker, M McGoldrick, A Martin; K McMullen, P Gribben; A Corr, K Gribben (0-2, 0-1f, 0-1 45), C Hamill; SL Carr, S Graham (0-1), M Convery.
Subs: L Canavan for O’Boyle (50), M Jordan for Corr (52).
Ashbourne All Stars 2010
Elanor Mallon UUJ
Mairead Luttrelle UCD
Sabrina Larkin UL
Grainne Stapelton UCD
Colette Dormer WIT
Fionnuala Carr UCC
Jill Horan UCC
Kartina Parrock WIT
Alison Maguire UCD
Grainne Kenneally UCC
Aine Lyng UL
Patricia Jackman WIT
Fiona Lafferty UL
Ursula Jacob WIT
Deirdre Twoomey NUIG