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By Siobhßn Walsh

Lucan Sarsfields earned the coveted and fabled Purcell Cup on Sunday in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. The Dublin team overcame Mullagh of Galway in a hard fought battle that was highly competitive and skilful.
Lucan Sarsfields got off to a great start opening the scoring with a goal. Sarah Courtney rattled the net, when she hit the top left corner with a lobbing ball. Mullagh responded with a point from the captain, Rachel Monaghan, leading by example, with a great score. Ailish O’Grady showed she had a very steady hand when she caught the sliotar, turned and pucked it over the bar from the 21 metre line.
Rachel Monaghan sent the ball over the bar for Mullagh to level the sides. Orla Hobbins followed this score with a goal to put Mullagh in the lead. Mullagh missed a goal shot just before half-time with the kick coming after the referee’s whistle. The score at half-time was Mullagh 1-2 Lucan Sarsfields 1-1.
Lucan Sarsfields started as they meant to go on. Alison Twomey raised the green flag and her team mates followed this goal with 2 points the first coming from Lynsey Jordan and the second from Tara Keenan. Lucan Sarsfields improved second half performance saw them take home the Purcell Cup.

Lucan Sarsfields: Orla Beagan, Shannon Clarke, Annmarie Courtney, Sarah Courtney (1-0), Aoife Dodrill, Ailise Dowling, Siobhßn Grimes, Lynsey Jordan (0-1F), Tara Keenan (0-1), Rachel Kenny, Laura Morrissey, Sarah Muldoon, Grace Mulhern, Lucy Mulligan, Laura Murtagh, Ailish O’Grady (1-0), Claire Rigney, Grßinne Rochford, Ailbhe Ryan, Ciara Sheehan, Alison Twomey (1-0), Kate Whyte, Niamh Williams.

Mullagh: Catriona Daly, Sharon Dolan, Niamh Kennedy, Shauna Coen, Fiona Whyte, Niamh Murphy (1-0), Miriam Reynolds, Azarah Gordon, Ciara Donohue, MairÚad Whyte, Amy Murphy, Claire Dolphin, SinÚad Whyte, Rachel Monaghan (0-2) (Capt), Orla Hobbins, Maria O’Brien, Maeve Reynolds, Tara Kennedy, Patricia Manning.

Referee: Pat Delaney.

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