Lucan Sarafields. 3-09
Naomh Jude 3-05

Lucan Sarfields and St Judes locked horns today in Parnells Gaa in the We Are Dublin Minor A Championship Final.

Both teams gave the watching crowd a pre Christmas present with a full blooded high octane final which oozed class.

Jude’s started the brighter and a point from Eimear O’Riordan and a long range free from Jude’s netminder Faye McCarthy gave them the early lead. The classy
Orla Beagan settled Lucan’s early nerves with a fine free to get the five in a row chasing Sarsfields outfit up and running.

Jude’s Faye McCarthy was causing havoc in the Lucan defence with her unbelievably long puck-outs that were raining down on top of an under pressure defence. A free from Aoife Molloy put Jude’s two in front but it was quickly answered by another Orla Beagan free.

From the resulting puck out a scramble for the ball in the Lucan back line ensued and as the ball was nudge towards the goal line the dangerous Nadia Power helped the ball to the back of the net and Jude’s had put a little daylight between themselves and their opponents.

Back came Lucan with Orla Beagon,Ciara Casey,Amber O’Connor and Niamh Byrne becoming more influential on the proceedings. A Laura Morrissey point was followed up by a cracking goal by Amber O’Connor and a Ciara Casey point. Suddenly a four point deficit had been turned into a one point lead.

But Jude’s had one last trick up their sleeve from goal scoring ace Nadia Power who finished expertly to the back of the Lucan for her second goal of the half to give Jude’s 2-03 To 1-04 lead at the break.

The crowd had only just settled back in for the second half with their frozen hands wrapped around a warm brew when Lucan’s Laura Morrissey gave them back the lead with a well struck goal.

The score seemed to rock Jude’s back on their heels and Lucan got on top and drove forward. An
Orla Beagan free was followed up by a Laura O’Mahony point to give Sarsfields a three point lead,one they would not relinquish for the rest of the game.

Jude’s replied with a free from Aoife Molloy but Lucan’s back line and midfield were winning their individual battles and making it count at the other end with three quick points one of them a beauty from
Laura O’Mahony and another classy point from the Player Of The Match Orla Beagan.

Jude’s never stopped battling and another point from Aoife Molloy cut the deficit and only for the brilliant defending from the Lucan defence where Orlaith Murphy,Amy Gorman and Rachael Leonard to name just three were outstanding,Jude’s could have been closer.

With time running out Lucan’s Niamh Power finished with aplomb to the back of the Jude’s net and that seemed to be that. But the never say die attitude of Jude’s shone through as they worked the ball up field and a high ball which came down just outside the square was flicked to the net by Hannah Begley but unfortunately for Jude’s the final whistle sounded seconds later and Lucan Sarsfields were crowned deserving champions. -Nigel.


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