LAST year’s runners-up Dublin came good towards the finish against Laois on Saturday to book their place in the 2010 TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship final.
Dublin beat Laois for the second time in championship football this year, having also won the Leinster decider, and the Sky Blues showed true grit to pull a hard-fought All-Ireland semi-final out of the fire on a 1-8 to 0-9 scoreline.
Laois had a player-of-the-match performance from Aileen O’Loughlin and after the inspirational midfielder kicked two first-half points to help the O’Moore County lead by 0-4 to 0-2 at break, the game sparked to life in the second period.
As Dublin fought their way back after the restart, Laois were rocked by a yellow card for wing-back Mags McEvoy but held firm nonetheless.
With 12 minutes remaining, Laois stormed three points clear as Tracey Lawlor grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and Dublin were badly in need of inspiration.
It arrived with just over seven minutes remaining when Lyndsey Davey netted a fine goal to put Dublin 1-6 to 0-8 clear at a crucial stage in proceedings.
In a dramatic finish, Laois responded with an equalising point from Gemma O’Connell but All Star Sinead Ahern, quiet until then, exploded into life with a magnificent score with just over four minutes remaining.
Dublin then lost Lindsey Peat to a yellow card but the Metropolitans still managed to notch the final score of the game as Ahern landed the insurance point.
- Irish Independent