Diminutive goalkeeper Laura Dunne was the toast of Laois last night after her two point-blank saves 10 minutes from time helped the midlanders eke out a 0-09 to 0-07 win over Dublin in the Irish Daily Star Camogie League Division 3 final at Mullingar’s Cusack Park.
The sides were deadlocked on 0-7 apiece when Dunne was faced with two one-on-one situations but the St Brigid’s netminder was equal to the task, first denying Róisín Collins before blocking Emma Flanagan’s shot.
That spurred Laois on and points from Síle Burke and player of the match Sarah Ann Fitzgerald clinched the title.
Carlow took the Division 4 prize in the most dramatic of circumstances, with Marian Doyle the unlikeliest of heroines, coming forward from full-back to strike the winning goal deep in injury time.
That gave them a 2-06 to 2-04 victory over Tyrone, who seemed to have done enough, with first-half goals from Caoimhe Rafferty and Niamh McNulty putting them in prime position.
Ciara Quirke struck for a crucial goal for Carlow just before half time that left them trailing by just 2-03 to 1-01 at half time.
Despite points from Quirke, Margaret Coady and Kate Nolan, Tyrone still held the minimum advantage when a high ball from player of the match, Kate Nolan broke and was struck to the net by Doyle from a narrow angle to snatch the honours.