By Cóilín Duffy
Six games took place in three of the four provinces, on a busy Wednesday of action in the Gourmet Food Parlour Higher Education Ladies Football Championships.
After the opening GFP Donaghy Cup fixture in Maynooth University on Tuesday night, it was really down to business on Wednesday with action in the top tier GFP O’Connor Cup and the GFP Moynihan and GFP Donaghy Cup’s.
Unfortunately due to the snowy weather, the games involving Cavan Institute and UU Coleraine and UU Magee and Athlone IT 2nd’s in the GFP Lagan Cup were both postponed.
Also Limerick IT’s game with IT Tallaght in the GFP Donaghy Cup was off.
In the GFP O’Connor Cup, there was a trio of home wins as UL, DCU and UCC.
Reigning Champions University of Limerick were in stunning form on home turf with a 5-23 to 0-4 win over NUI Galway.
UL led by 1-12 to 0-2 at half-time, and really cause the visitors defence havoc on the restart, firing four second half goals.
Mayo’s Grace Kelly fired the Limerick sides first half goals, with Olivia Divilly among NUIG’s point scorers.
Second half goals from Louise Ward, Shauna Howley, Laura Rogers and Eimear Scally saw the home side run out comfortable 34 point winners.
Vikki Wall, Aisling Moloney and Aisling Sheridan were among the goal-scorers for DCU, in their 5-19 to 3-2 win over Queens University Belfast.
DCU led by 1-13 to 2-2 at half-time, with the aforementioned trio netting a goal each on the restart.
On a busy day of action at St. Claires, the Ladies Footballers shared a triple-header with their top-tier DCU colleagues with action also in Hurling’s Fitzgibbon Cup, and the Mens Sigerson Cup Football Championships.
In the final game of the day, UCC were 4-11 to 1-11 winners over Maynooth University at the Mardyke.
A trio of first-half goals set UCC up nicely for this win, and they led by 3-6 to 0-6 at the break.
In the GFP Moynihan Cup, Letterkenny IT were 5-10 to 3-9 winners away to Dundalk IT in an entertaining contest.
Emma McMahon was impressive for the visitors throughout and top-scored with 2-4 – both goals in the first half.
Aishlinn McGuinness (2-3) fired a penalty also for the visitors, who led by 3-4 to 1-5 at half-time, with substitute Niamh Callan netting DKIT’s goal.
On the restart, a well take Sarah Jane McDermott goal further extended Letterkenny’s lead, but DKIT responded well with a Sophie Watters three-pointer.
However, another McGuinness goal saw Letterkenny IT gain the upper hand, and although Niamh Callan added 1-1, the visitors held out for a seven-point win.
In the GFP Donaghy Cup, GMIT Galway were 2-15 to 0-5 winners over UCD.