Murray rescues replay after junior final rollercoaster

by Gazette Reporter

Ciara Murray was the hero for Dublin champions Castleknock as she kicked two vital points in the dying minutes of the second period of extra time to earn her side a replay against Carlow side, Old Leighlin.

Castleknock led at half-time by 2-4 to 1-6 with Ciara Burgess and Laura Carolan both raising the green flag for the Dublin champions.

Following a pulsating second half, Castleknock clung onto a slender one-point lead as time ticked away. Earlier in the second half, Rachel Sawyer had replied with a spectacular goal for Old Leighlin within minutes of Jessica Comerford’s goal for Castleknock.

Deep into injury time Old Leighlin were awarded a free. Having missed previously, Rachel Sawyer held her nerve to convert the 14m free bringing the game to extra time. Sawyer was immense for Old Leighlin, her surging runs and forward play made her an easy choice for player of the match.

Old Leighlin began extra time in superb fashion, registering three points in quick succession. To their credit, Castleknock did not panic and patiently worked the ball well into scoring range which resulted in Hannah Hanlon being on target with two free kicks.

In the end, it was substitute Murray who kicked the crucial two scores which insured Castleknock lived to fight another day.

The final was a great credit to the huge travelling support from both sides who created a wonderful atmosphere and gave both sets of teams the encouragement they needed.

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