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Cup glory will see Queen's sweep up

By Orla Bannon

Queen's University 3-14 DCU 2-5: Queen's University's unbeaten ladies footballers are on course for a clean sweep after reaching today's O'Connor Cup final with a resounding win over DCU.

Holders Queen's did most of the damage in the first half when a strong wind helped them to a 2-7 to 1-3 interval lead.

DCU scored two early points through Siobhan Woods and Lindsay Peat, but from there Queen's took control and scored an unanswered 2-7 in 20 minutes.

Mairead Cooper scored the opening goal in the 10th minute and Ruth Kearney fisted home the second after 21 minutes.

Siobhan Woods ended DCU's long scoring drought with a big point in the 26th minute and Laura McEnaney fisted home a DCU goal in first-half stoppage time. Queen's then killed any lingering hopes of a DCU revival by scoring the first three points of the second half. Although a McEnaney point and Peat's goal from the penalty spot, after Cliodhna McHugh was flattened by goalkeeper Katie Day, brought DCU back to 2-10 to 2-4, that was as close as they got as Queen's finished strongly.

Armagh's Caroline O'Hanlon scored two points from close range and Louise Kelly killed the game with a third goal on 51 minutes.

Kearney and McCleary tagged on further scores and University of Limerick now stand in the way of Queen's completing a clean sweep of All-Ireland league and O'Connor Cup titles this season.

QUEEN'S: K Day (Armagh); D Morgan (Armagh); T McLaughlin (Tyrone), L Kilpatrick (Tyrone); N Woods (Tyrone), S McCleary 0-3 (2f) (Armagh), L McConville (Armagh); C Malone (Armagh), C O'Hanlon 0-2 (Armagh); M Doherty (Down), F McKenna 0-5 (Armagh), R Kearney (Westmeath); A Canavan (Tyrone), M Cooper 1-3 (Antrim), L Kelly 1-1 (Tyrone). Subs: C McCrossan (Tyrone) for Canavan (52), A McCoy (Armagh) for McConville (55) G Byrne (Donegal) for O'Hanlon (57).

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