Extra-time drama in the Ashbourne Cup Camogie Final

Extra-time drama in the Ashbourne Cup Camogie Final
Neasa Kennedy
Neasa Kennedy

There was more drama in the Ashbourne Cup as TU Dublin were crowned Ashbourne Cup Champions for the first time in their history after a last minute free from Antrim’s Roisin McCormick in the depths of added time of  the extra time period.

The battle between the colleges was always nail-bitingly close and McCormick had already brought the game to extra time with a last-minute free before the full time whistle blew to make it 0-8 to 0-8.

Ultimately, it was heartbreak for the UCC side when McCormick showed nerves of steel again as she slotted her team's winning score over the bar from close to the sideline and TU Dublin were the elated side with a final score of 1-11 to UCC's 13 points.


This ending comes following a dramatic few days in the Ashbourne Cup, with defending champions UL being eliminated in extraordinary circumstances.

The Limerick team had played Maynooth in their final game of the group stages which required a win to draw level on points with DCU and TUD. Competition rules stated that score difference would ultimately determine who would qualify for the semi-finals.


UL released a statement stating they had recieved confirmation from the CCAO of the standings prior to their meeting with Maynooth which they won by an incredible 34 points. However, they were told thereafter by the CCAO that a mistake had been made and they were eliminated.

In their statement they said “a question was raised by DCU about the score difference, importantly not before but after our match with Maynooth, although they had been made officially aware of the scores and possible outcomes in the week leading up to the UL and Maynooth fixture.”

The question raised related to the score line of a match between DCU and Maynooth which had taken place on November 29th.

"CCAO have confirmed to us that no official appeal was sent in,” the statement continues. “Despite receiving no official appeal, the CCAO kicked the matter up to the THDC (the national camogie hearings committee).

“At no point were UL asked for a submission by either the CCAO or the THDC explaining the situation. In fact we were kept in the dark and had to ask what was happening before (we) were told that the matter had been moved up to the THDC.

"We have no idea what information the THDC used to come to their decision as it was not shared with us.”

UL say they were informed, via a “one line email” from the THDC that they were eliminated and that DCU would be advancing to the semi-finals.

"As a result 28 girls who have given unbelievable dedication and commitment to their campaign will miss out on the chance to play in a national semi final without any explanation as to why and no opportunity to plead their case."

The CCAO released a short statement in response which read: "UL appeal was considered by National Final Appeals Committee and the recommendation of THDC was upheld."

TUD Team: R Atkinson; C Shanahan, R Brennan, L Robinson; C Gannon, N Gannon, A Heffernan; G Couch, N Manogue; N Keeneghan, E Young; K Finnegan; M Dowdall, R Mc Cormick, S Barcoe.

Subs: S Daly for E Young (43), A Heffernan for S Barcoe (h-t), J Moore for G Couch (76).

Scorers for TUD: M Dowdall 1-3, R McCormack 0-5 (0-2 f, 0-1 45), K Finnegan, C Gannon, S Daly 0-1 each.

UCC Team: M Lynch; R McCarthy, C Carroll, M Murphy; M Ring, A Healy, A Cashman; C O'Leary, E Heffernan; O Kelleher, L Hayes, E Murphy, S O'Brien, C Finn, K Blaire.

Subs: I Sheehan for A Cashman (39), R Conway for C Blaire (40), M Barrett for C Heffernan (48), L Leenane for C Finn (52), C Finn for O Kelleher (68).

Scorers for UCC: C O'Leary 0-6 (0-5 f), C Finn, L Hayes 0-3 each, S O'Brien 0-1.

Over in the other divisions of the Electric Ireland Third Level Camogie Championship, UCD were crowned Fr Meaghair Champions with their win over Queen's University Belfast with a final score of 1-8 to 9 points and Eabha Farrell picking up the Player of the Match award.

In the Purcell Cup, Munster Technological University overcame the University of Galway 2-10 to 12 points with MTU Captain and Player of the Match Saoirse McCarthy collecting the trophy for her college.

In the Ashling Murphy Cup Final, Ulster University Magee beat ATU Sligo with a final score of 2-4 to 7 points with Magee goalkeeper Máiread Comer picking up the Player of the Match award.

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