Letterkenny native Ciara Grant was in action at the Aviva Stadium yesterday in the FAI Women’s Senior Cup final.
Grant’s Raheny United needed extra-time but they were victorious over Castlebar Celtic on a 3-2 scoreline. The game was a curtain raiser to the men’s final which saw Sligo Rovers snatch victory against Drogheda United.
The UCD Medicine student Grant, from Orchard Grove, formerly played with Kilmacrennan Celtic prior to commencing her studies.
Now 21, Grant is a current Republic of Ireland senior international after she made her debut last year against the United States in Portland, Oregon, last November.
Grant played a lead role in Raheny’s victory, lobbing the Castlebar Celtic ‘keeper in the opening half to put Raheny into the lead.
However, twice the Mayo side came from behind to force the game to extra-time before the Dubliners prevailed.
They had gone into the game as odds on favourites, having put nine goals past Castlebar in a recent league game, but as is often the case, the cup tie was a different kettle of fish.
Last season, a 90th-minute goal from Noelle Murray earned the north Dublin side a 2-1 victory when they met Peamount United at Dalymount Park.
As an underage international, Grant was part of the Ireland team that reached the Uefa U-17 Women’s Championship final in 2010, where the girls in green lost 4-1 on penalties to Spain in the final after a scoreless draw after extra-time.
That September, Ireland made it to the last 16 in the World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago before going down 2-1 to Japan.