It is four years since WIT ladies football collected the Giles Cup title on a glorious day in 2011 in UL against Tralee and since that day it has been a tale of frustration and near misses , with the latter being the case again in 2014 as CIT denied WIT a place in the Lynch Cup semi -finals in March.

A decision was made in December for WIT to be regarded down to the Lynch Cup as the numbers playing Ladies football in the college have almost halved in the last two years and has seen WIT go two years without a league win. It may be pointed out however that when championship come around the players who have back boned the team in recent years rise to the occasion and know how to get the job done.

The league campaign this year began away to Tralee and a high scoring game saw Tralee IT take the spoils, however some fresh players that stood out for WIT on the night were Westmeath goalkeeper Christine Warburton, All Ireland Junior player of the year Mairead Daly from Offaly , Eimear Fennell from Waterford and Rebecca Bowes from Carlow.

WIT’s second league encounter was another very exciting game away to IT Carlow where the game ebbed and flowed before IT Carlow took the spoils with Christine Warburton again in brilliant form on the night making some fantastic saves while, Clara Donnelly, Aisling Murphy and Mairead Daly excelled out the field.

Next up was the Fresher’s All Ireland seven a side blitz in Athlone. It proved to be a day of mixed emotions for WIT after a superb opening to the tournament against Athlone IT where WIT won with Mairead Daly and Stacey Farrell to the fore while Christine Warburton once again made some blinding saves. Next up was a win against UL and a draw against UCD before losing out by a point to Mary I. The results ended with WIT having to face Mary I in the shield final. The game was all going to plan for WIT as they held a four point lead entering the final stages before disaster struck as Mairead Daly picked up a season ending injury and Mary I hit WIT for six with two goals in the last minute to win. It was a couple of weeks later that the news that Mairead Daly had suffered a cruciate ligament injury was confirmed and so ended her WIT football for the year, however she was not the only player never to play with WIT again in the season as sadly girls decided that they could not commit to the team for the year leaving the team management very frustrated.

However huge credit must go to the panel of players who knuckled down to the side and during a Christmas training camp a great bond was formed within the team. After a long run of winless games WIT finally began to show signs of improvement with games against Wexford, Waterford and Tipperary.

It was decided that WIT would compete in the Lynch Cup this year and the draw was made in early January and it set up a group of death with four teams all well capable of progressing, namely DCU (2), DIT and CIT.

WIT opened their campaign with a home tie against DCU (2) in WIT Sports Campus in glorious sunshine in February and it was a fantastic open free flowing game of football. Clodagh McGovern played her first competitive match in goal and gave a fantastic performance as she controlled the backs well and made some crucial saves and set up many attacks with impressive kick outs. With the game very close at half time it was a ten minute spell after half time that WIT took control of the game as Marie Dargan and Aisling Murphy had the goal scoring touch as punished DCU (2) numerous times. However WIT faded towards the end of the game and allowed the DCU girls to close within two points but WIT’s defensive unit of Mairead O’Connor, Onora Mulcahy and Aisling Greene made numerous telling blocks while Karen Mullins and Clara Donnelly worked tirelessly in midfield to secure the win on a 5-8 to 4-9 score line.

The following Tuesday there was a road trip to St Margaret’s GAA grounds near Dublin airport for the WIT girls for a second round clash against DIT. For the neutral this was a great advertisement for attacking football as once again the scorers came freely. DIT began well but once WIT settled they quickly got into their stride with Katie Redmond having the golden boot as she hit two goals in quick succession which set up WIT for a four point half time lead, however WIT did lose influential wing back Emma Sergeant Kelly to an injury before the break.

WIT began well in the second half as Clara Donnelly, Karen Mullins, Eimear Fennell and Danielle Downey packed serious punch in the middle areas of the field, and Amanda Scallan at wing forward won key possession from opponents kick outs to set up Katie Redmond for some crucial scores. DIT were not going to lie down and they had a storming last fifteen minutes and closed to within a point at one stage and it looked like the home side might grab the win, before substitute Pamela Martin got her hand to a high ball floated into the square and she palmed it to the net to guarantee the win for WIT on a 5-9 to 2-14 score.

This win set up a winner take all battle against CIT in Bishopstown a week later. However it proved to be one step too far for WIT as a very strong CIT side were unbeatable on the night as they raced into an early lead and despite a great effort by WIT they were never able to close the gap and were always chasing the game.

The future of WIT ladies football however looks a lot brighter at the end of the year than it did in October with commitment and dedication the main ingredient needed for 2015 as there is plenty of talented players within the college.