Glanmire captain Áine McKenna makes the big plays in overtime thriller

Glanmire captain Áine McKenna makes the big plays in overtime thriller
Ambassador UCC Glanmire's Áine McKenna gets away from Liffey Celtics' Jaiamoni Welch Coleman, during their Women's Super League clash, at the UCC Mardyke Arena. Picture: David Keane.

Pyrobel Killester 83 Ambassador UCC Glanmire 96 (after overtime) 

AMBASSADOR UCC Glanmire maintained their recent winning run in the Women’s Super League when overcoming Pyrobel Killester at the IWA Clontarf on Saturday.

The teams were deadlocked at full time after Killester executed a buzzer-beater to level the game but the Cork showed their class in overtime that secured a vital win.

The Cork side were traumatised back in January when Killester defeated them in the cup semi-final back in January but coach Mark Scannell was pleased with the attitude his side showed in this game.

“It was a funny game really with both sides getting runs at different times but I am proud of my players in the manner they finished in overtime against a very good side,” said Mark Scannell.

The Glanmire chief is pleased with the way his side have played in this campaign and with the championship due to finish next weekend the Cork side could end up as league runners up.

“We will have to see how other results pan out but we have a mouth-watering clash next weekend against DCU Mercy that is sure to be a very competitive game,” added Scannell.

The mood in the Killester camp was one of disappointment but coach Karl Kilbride was very upbeat despite the loss.

“We had only one American which didn’t help our cause but the girls dug deep and it was a game we could have won but Glanmire were tenacious and finished better than us in extra time,” said Karl Kilbride.

The opening quarter saw Glanmire shoot the ball with precision as American star Shrita Parker gave an exhibition that helped her side lead 21-13 entering the second period.

Credit to Killester they responded in style and with Glanmire struggling to put the ball in the basket the Dublin side had a four-point half time cushion 33-29.

On the restart, the game became more intense and Glanmire managed to reduce the deficit to 51-49 entering the final quarter.

The sides couldn’t be separated after another period of exciting basketball with Ella McCloskey levelling the game on the buzzer.

In overtime, Glanmire showed their class and with Glanmire’s captain Áine McKenna draining key baskets the Cork side took the points in style.

Scorers for Pyrobel Killester: A Randle El 27, R Nagle 18, M Nagle 11, A McCann 11.

Ambassador UCC Glanmire: S Parker 31, T Neubert 20, A McKenna 17.

KILLESTER: A Randle El, M Clarke, L Rutherford, R Nagle, A McCann, M Stankovic, C Reed, E McCluskey, S Boyle, C Curran, R Malone, J Howe.

GLANMIRE: A McKenna, L A Wilkinson, C Grace, M Furlong, A Murphy, N Braham, A Braham, T Neubert, A Dooley, S Parker.

Referees: Mark Gilleran (Dublin), G Simcius (Dublin).

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