Howth side Beann Eadair overcame St Vincent’s to win the feile division two at Blanchardstown IT on Sunday afternoon, as their fitness and determination saw them through extra time in a tight contest.
Having conceded the first two points, Beann Eadair got off the mark through a free from Almha Fitzpatrick before namesake Robin Fitzpatrick forced a save out of Amy O’Gorman at the other end.
Roisin Boland extended Vincent’s lead back to two points, but with the defences well on top, a low scoring first half finished 0-3 to 0-1.
Vincent’s struck first in a more open second half with Ava Lambe tapping over a close-range free given for overcarrying in the Beann Eadair backline. Lambe was the key Vincent’s playmaker from half-forward, and finished on 0-7. While both defences still appeared on top, much of the Marino side’s better attacking play came through her.
After Lambe hit another free, Vincent’s lead edged over the three point mark for the first time with Beann Eadair struggling to get much territory.
They did make that rare attacking space count, though, as Ellen O’Shea smartly lobbed Emma Traynor from the left edge of the box to bring things back to 0-5 to 1-1.
Lambe and Molly McGurrin exchanged points before Robin Fitzpatrick extended Vincent’s lead back to two from close in. Time was running out for Beann Eadair, but they were also starting to look the stronger.
They took a point from close in to reduce the gap to one on the buzzer, and won another free just outside the box, which Ellen O’Shea knocked over to equalise, forcing overtime at 1-4 to 0-7.
Injury time was nip and tuck until Issy Markey’s points for Beann Eadair saw Lambe smashed the bar in response. Vincent’s were tiring and conceded a free early in the second half of extra time, which O’Shea tapped over, before Lambe pulled one back at the other end.
Vincent’s couldn’t conjure up the point they needed to force another leveler, though.
And Beann Eadair, after the closest of contests, won out, with O’Shea adding a bouncing late free to close make certain of a hard-fought title.