THE Kildare and District League lifted the FAI Angela Hearst Interleague Trophy on Friday evening in the University Limerick following a dramatic penalty shoot out. There was nothing to choose between the teams across 110 minutes of hotly contested football but it was Kildare who held their nerve in the shoot out.
And a save by player of the match Aimee Keane during the spot kicks gave Kildare the edge and they held out to win 4-2 on penalties.
Aimee represents Portlaoise Womens AFC on the Kildare and District Football League team was complimented by her manager Dave Morey for her contribution to the win.
“Our ‘keeper kept us in it at times. Aimee had an absolute stormer, handled well and maybe a couple of great saves,” he said.
“We had to dig in, it came to penalties and they were four great penalties. Aimee made a great save in there too, that put the pressure on their next kicker and she put her penalty wide so she was a well deserved player of the match.”
Aimee herself played down her rolee.“It was a very nervy game, very stressful. It’s a serious backline in front of me, it’s my first year playing with the girls and it’s a whole new level, it’s deadly,” she said.
On the save in the shoot-out she said: “It was just luck I think, I just guessed the right way.
On getting player of the match and winning the final she added: “I’ve a knot in my stomach, it’s overwhelming, I’m over the moon.”