The Senior A Open Cup final was contested between old rivals St. Vincents and Ballyboden St. Endas. Both sides were without their county players. Sharon Glynn’s goal just before half-time gave Boden a 2-4 to 0-1 lead at the interval. With the aid of the strong wind Vincents piled on the pressure in the second half but Boden’s keeper, Sile nic Coitir was in inspired form making several vital saves while young players Jane Nolan, Dearbhla Brennan and Paula McGrath also played their part. Niamh Kelly in goals, Aoife Ryan at midfield and Caroline Cunning in the forwards were outstanding for St. Vincents. Boden held out to win 2-4 to 1-3.
The Senior B Div 1 final between Naomh Brid and St. Judes was the most competitive game of the day. This final was played with great passion and skill. Playing with the wind in the first half Naomh Brid had established a 2-4 to 0-2 lead at the interval. St. Judes battled so hard in the second period reducing the lead to just 4 points with some five minutes remaining. But Naomh Brid held out to win. Final score Naomh Brid 2-7 St. Judes 1-6. St. Judes had great performances from Tara Corrigan, Elaine Sherry Eimear Maher and Ruth Breheny. Naomh Brid had stars in Elaine Duncan, Emma Sweeney, Aisling Kirwin, Danielle Powell and Joanne Bruen.
Senior Div 2 final between St. Vincents and Lucan Sarsfields. This was another competitive and enjoyable game with very little between the sides. St. Vincents were to taste their second defeat of the day as Lucan proved that little bit better on the day. They went on to win 4-4 to 3-3. Ursula Hussey and Colleen Walsh were outstanding for St. Vincents. For Lucan Fionnula O’Grady and Sinead O’Toole put in great performances in the backs while Deirdre O’Toole Claire Barry and Eimear Keenan were the pick of the forwards.
The Intermediate Div 1 final between Round Towers and Naomh Mearnog proved to be a one sided game with Naomh Mearnog being much the fitter and stronger team. Deirdre Ahearn netted 5 goals for the Portmarnock girls. Jenny King, Orla Fahy and Haley Robsen had great games for Naomh Mearnog. Round Towers were gracious in defeat. They have just started back to training and will be a different proposition as the league progresses and the championship approaches. Final score Naomh Mearnog 9-2 Round Towers 0-1
The Intermediate Div 2 final between Erins Isle and St. Judes was a low scoring game with very little separating the teams. St. Judes eventually won this final 1-4 to 0-2. St. Judes had some fine performances – Orla Dunne was outstanding at centre back, Eilish Reid and Sinead Casey lorded it at midfield while Aoife Burke and Caitriona Halpenny were brilliant in the forwards. For Erins Isle the veteran Claire Donoghue led by example, Dara Callery played well in goals, Elain Poole had a good game in the middle of the field while Laura Keoghan was the pick of the forwards. Best wishes to the injured Natasha Gorman and Coleen Devlin who were unable to play in this final due to recent injuries.
The Junior A final between Craobh Chiarain and Clanna Gael Fontenoy was a well-contested game between two evenly matched teams. As the game progressed Clanna Gael got in front and kept their lead to win 4-2 to 2-3. For Clanna Gael the Murray sisters, Lisa, Susan and Donna played well as did fullback Rebecca Collins and midfielder Jenny Heary. Craobh Chiarain’s has outstanding performances from Ciara Ryan at centre back, Ellen Keatly at midfield and Nickie Kealy at centre forward.
The Junior B Div 2 final between Kevins CBC and St Finians pitted two new and inexperienced teams together. This was a good honest game of camogie with players from both sides enjoying the exchanges. Kevins CBC proved the stronger and went on to win 2-2 to 0-2. They had great performances from Jessie Bryne and Lynda Canavan in the backs, Katie Kenny in the middle of the field and Liz Osbourne in the forwards. St. Finians had their stars in goalkeeper Emma Brady, Bernie Long at full back and Rachel O’Hagan in the forwards .
The Junior B Div 1 semi-final was decided when Ballinteer St. Johns overcame a gallant St. Marks side after extra time to win 5-2 to 4-2. A very exciting game.
Best of luck to the Dublin U14s in their clash on Saturday against Wexford – further details on website.
Gerry O’Sulliavn, PRO.