Ladies football: Provincial crown for Malahide girls

St Sylvester’s 3-13 – Longford Slashers  0-9

A first-half goal from Kate Sullivan set St Sylvester’s on their way to provincial glory as the Malahide outfit saw off Longford Slashers in the Leinster Intermediate Ladies Football Championship final last weekend.

From the moment impressive wing forward Sullivan scored the opening goal for the Dublin Intermediate champions in the 17th minute of the first half, the pressure was mounting on the Midlanders with slick Sylvester’s extending their advantage to a comfortable 1-5 to 0-2 lead. 

But the resilient Slashers recovered to close the gap with points from Kara Shannon, Kate Shannon and Jessica Barry to trail narrowly by 1-5 to 0-5 at the break and there was still a glimmer of hope.  

With the aid of the stiff wind on the changeover, St Sylvester’s fired over four more points during a decisive dominant period in the early stages of the second half and the underdogs were now fighting a real uphill battle.  

To their great credit, Slashers came storming back to score three points in a row through Kate Shannon and Grace Shannon (2), but whatever slim chance they had of salvaging the situation was dashed when Sinead Aherne got a killer second goal for St Sylvester’s in the 52nd minute. 

A third goal materialised in the 58th minute when Nicole Owens drove a well struck low shot into the corner of the net and it was the Dublin senior players (Sullivan, Aherne and Owens) that made the major difference.

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