by Emma Duffy
Tipperary star Aishling Moloney admits her side were fortunate to come out on top in their dramatic one-point win over Cavan in the Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 2 final yesterday.
Player of the Match Moloney and her Cahir clubmate Aisling McCarthy combined for 0-15 to seal a huge victory in Parnell Park, but proceedings didn't finish without some drama at the end.
Referee Stephen McNulty awarded a penalty with roughly 20 seconds on the clock, for a foul on Bronagh Sheridan, but after discussing with his umpires, the decision was overturned and a throw ball ensued.
And the Premier county held on for a victory which marks an impressive rise for Shane Ronayne's 2017 TG4 All-Ireland intermediate and Division 3 champions. They now make the jump to top-flight league football.
"My heart is still in my mouth actually," Moloney, who hit 0-5, told TG4 afterwards.
"We were lucky there in the end with that (over-turned) penalty, I thought it was a penalty myself. Luck happened to be on our side today and we eventually got over the line.
"Cavan are a great team, we knew we were up against it. We're happy, we're delighted now."