CASTLEKNOCK STAY ICE COOL IN FRONT OF GOAL TO CLAIM MINOR C SHIELD.

Castleknock 3-09
Naomh Olaf 1-03

This morning on a frosty and bitterly cold morning Castleknock and Naomh Olaf locked horns in the We Are Dublin Minor C Shield Final.
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The game was in jeopardy this morning after not one but two pitches in the Castleknock area were deemed unplayable by the referee due to the frozen surface and it looked like it would have to be rescheduled for another day.

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But at the eleventh hour to everyone’s gratitude for their help at such short notice, St Brigid’s Gaa Club came to the rescue and provided their excellent facilities and more importantly their All Weather Pitch to get the final played.

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Great credit must be given to both sides for giving such a very entertaining,enjoyable and competitive final to the watching spectators particularly considering the disruption to preparations because of the unplayable pitches.

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Naomh Olaf dominated the opening period of the game possession wise but failed to take advantage of so much ball and they failed to register a single score thanks to a combination of some excellent defending by Castleknock particularly from Bronagh Quinn and Aishling Andrews and fine goalkeeping from Emma Finney. Some poor wides also contributed to Olaf’s fallow period.

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At the other end of the pitch Castleknock had no such problems and were far more clinical. After the opening twelve minutes they had notched up 1-02 thanks to Claire Murray who scored the first goal of the game and followed it up with an excellent point and Bronagh Quinn who came up from the back to score a fine effort over the bar.

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Back came Olaf’s again and although they had good amount of possession the shooting radar for their forwards was just off today and they finished the half scoreless. Castleknock added two more points the first from the impressive Claire Murray and then Aishling Andrews strode upfield and she split the posts to give Castleknock a half-time lead of 1-04 to 0-00.

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Naomh Olaf came flying out of the blocks for the second half and one minute after the restart Roisin MacLoughlin buried the ball to the back of the Castleknock net to give them some hope of getting back into the contest.

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But Castleknock were not in a festive giving mood and replied with a point from Bronagh Quinn and scorcher of a goal from Meabh Stynes to knock the stuffing from Olaf’s fightback.

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Olaf’s though where not about to lie down and their flying number eleven Ciara O’Sullivan scored an excellent point after ghosting by a couple of players. But as had been the case every time Olaf’s scored Castleknock replied with two scores,with points from Bronagh Quinn and Molly O’Neill.

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The Olaf’s fighting spirit came to the fore and they scored two points in a row themselves from Ciara O’Sullivan and Stefanie Deasy unfortunately it was to be their last scores of the game as Castleknock finished strongly with an unanswered 1-02 the points coming from Aishling Andrews and Claire Murray and with only minutes left on the clock Aishling Andrews put the icing on the cake with a well taken goal and Castleknock were Champions. -Nigel.

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Castleknock Scorers:

Claire Murray 1-03
Aishling Andrews 1-02
Meabh Stynes 1-00
Bronagh Quinn 0-03
Molly O’Neill 0-01

Naomh Olaf Scorers:

Roisin MacLoughlin 1-00
Ciara O’Sullivan 0-02
Stefanie Deasy 0-01

Castleknock Team:
Emma Finney
Bronagh Quinn
Aishling Andrews
Niamh Mulroney
Claire Murray
Molly O’Neill
Ciara Murray
Meabh Stynes
Laoise Cullen
Jean O’Brien
Sarah Byrne
Georgina Duffy
Erica Doyle
Emma Ivers.

Naomh Olaf Team:
Chloe Ní Ceallaigh
Amy McGrath
Ellen Brien
Carolyn McGuirk
Sarah Smyth
Eilis Murphy
Niamh O’Shea Scanlan
Roisin MacLoughlin
Katie Grimes
Sophie Hamilton
Clara O’Sullivan
Aoife O’Rourke
Jane Shirley
Grace Lannigan
Jessica Tynan
Megan Hamilton
Molly Kearns
Stefanie Deasy
Isabel O’Farrell.

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