Friday 22 March 2019

Temp Head

ST CATHERINE'S 4, BEALNAMULLA 4 - Saint Catherine's conjured up a football miracle last Monday night as they netted twice in injury-time to nick a draw in this remarkable DWSL Premier clash at Walkinstown Avenue.

The Saints produced a Lazarous-type comeback, coming from three goals down, to seal a dramatic finish.

The legendary Olivia O'Toole, fresh from her memorable olympic torch carrying role, netted with the last kick of the game to tie things up as the Saints claimed a deserved point.

O'Toole's second-half cameo role spearheaded the Saints comeback as Ireland's most capped player netted twice to prove that class never fades.

Just a minute previous to the late penalty equaliser, Lisa Nolan had floated a deft header into the net from an O'Toole corner to launch the heroic comeback for the FAI Senior Cup holders.

The visitors weren't without their heroes either -- Maz Sweeney thumped home a second half hat-trick to bag a three- goal cushion for Bealnamulla.

In fact, the visitors were buzzing from the start and it was no surprise when they went in front as Ger Griffiths dipped a neat effort over Grace McAuley and in under the crossbar after 17 minutes.

The Saints responded as expected and laid siege to the visitors' goal with Ealish Murray providing the cutting edge down the right wing.

Murray was instrumental in the equaliser, skipping by her marker with ease before crossing low to the feet of Margaret Doyle to tap home.

The Athlone side, though, stepped up a gear after the break. Sinead Taylor set up Sweeney for her first a minute into the second half.

Just three minutes later the striker crashed home a half volley from close range. Taylor was provider for Sweeney's hat-trick goal just after the hour.

The fightback started with 20 minutes left. Murray's stinging effort was parried by Fox, but O'Toole was on hand to head home the rebound from close range.

Nolan reduced the arrears to a single goal on 90 minutes before Murray was up-ended inside the area in injury-time. O'Toole took the spot-kick and the result was inevitable.

ST CATHERINE'S: Grace McAuley; Toni McGrath, Megan Brazil, Maria Doyle, Lisa Nolan, Sue McAuley, Dionne Lyons, Amy Keating, Emma Reilly, Ealish Murray, Alex Molloy. Subs: Margaret Doyle (for McGrath 15 mins), Olivia O'Toole (for Lyons h/t) Emma O'Connor (for Doyle h/t), Kirsty Hynes (for Molloy 77 mins), Nikki Sheridan.

BEALNAMULLA: Paula Fox; Pamela Nee, Sarah Lloyd, Gina Dowling, Aisling Egan, Ger Griffiths, Bernie Walsh, Kayleigh Dunning, Ciara Galvin, Maz Sweeney, Sinead Taylor. Subs: Steph Barrett (for Galvin 50 mins), Gillian Wall (for Nee 78 mins).

Referee: Tommy Traynor.

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