KILMACUD CROKES WIN EPIC FINAL TO WIN WE ARE DUBLIN SENIOR 4 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE.

Kilmacud Crokes 2-5

Faughs Celtic 0-10

For more than a few years, Mick and Anne Noctor have been the driving force behind adult camogie in Kilmacud Crokes.

Between them they manage the club’s two adult teams. Over that period championship honours had eluded them until now.

Capping a memorable day was an outstanding display from their daughter Rachel at centre back and the team’s best supporter Hannah, Rachel’s sister was there to share in the celebrations.

This was a cracking game from start to finish and a draw looked a very real prospect. But with the sides level, Crokes showed tremendous nerve and skill to put together a move in the 59th minute to place Julia Buckley who was facing into the breeze and under severe pressure, but she pulled the trigger and sent over a wonderful point from 35m.

There was still work to be done and none better than Rachel Noctor whose superb block prevented Faughs Celtic from grabbing the equaliser.

Aided by the breeze, Crokes raced into a 1-02 to nil lead after 11 minutes,after a super point from close to the sideline from the very classy Anneka Kilroy, followed by a clinical finish to the net by Julia Buckley and a pointed free by captain Sorcha Meagher.

But Faughs didn’t panic,they had after all beaten Crokes by 10 points in the league. For the remainder of the half, they upped their game and with the excellent Catherine Costelloe leading from the centre forward position, they began to dominate.

Catherine Costelloe pointed three frees allied to a great score from play from captain Georgina Kelly to just a single free from Sorcha Meagher from Crokes leaving the Kilmacud girls just 1-3 to 0-4 in front at the break.

Given the breeze, two points did not look like a sufficient margin.

Eight minutes after the restart, Catherine Costelloe had brought her tally to four points with her first score from play. But Crokes received a huge boost when the hard-working Anneka Kilroy drove forward in the 41st minute – her attempt looked like heading over the bar but at the last minute, the legs gave out and it nipped under the bar. Playing into the breeze – a three pointer at that stage was a massive lift. They now led by 2-3 to 0-5.

But Faughs responded in style. Catherine Costelloe was back immediately with a pointed free – only to see her effort cancelled by a similar score from Sorcha Meagher who put in a great second half shilft.

Faughs however stuck at their task and two more placed balls from Catherine Costelloe followed by two outstanding points from play from Frances McCann and Kate Holland levelled the game in the 55th minute to the delight of the large Faughs following.

The momentum seemed to be with the Tymon Park girls but Crokes held their nerve and the likes of Clodagh McGough, Aine Donohoe and excellent ‘keeper Mide Ni Chonchubair shone when needed.

Player of the match: Rachel Noctor

Referee: Paul Beecher

Teams:

Kilmacud Crokes:

1: Mide Ni Conchubhair
2: Clodagh McGough
3: Aine Donohoe
4: Aisling Buckley
5: Affraic McLoughlin
6: Rachel Noctor
7: Sadhbh McLoughlin
8: Maggs O’Sullivan
9: Aine Gilheaney
10: Siofra Walsh
11. Siobhan Magner
12: Sorcha Meagher (Capt)
13: Anneka Kilroy
14: Bernadette Nolan
15: Julia Buckley
16: Lusai Ni Conchubhair
17: Lynn Lamb
18: Eimear Redmond
19: Doireann Ni Shiocriu
20: Maria Erin O’Hurley
21: Lisa Sheery
22: Mairead Larkin
23: Michelle O’Hurley

Management:

Mick Noctor
Anne Noctor
Players/Managers
Sorcha Meagher
Rachel Noctor

Faughs Celtic

1: Cora Hogan
2: Olivia Courtney
3: Melissa Burgess
4: Julie O’Keeffe
5: Eimear Mullen
6: Hannah Gleeson
7: Siobhan Heavey
8: Yvonne Twomey
9: Megan Lewis
10. Caoileann O’Connor
11. Catherine Costello
12: Catriona O’Connell
13: Francis McCann
14: Georgina Kelly (Capt)
15: Georgina Pickard
16: Claire Kelly
17: Roisin Mullen
18: Meg Brennan
19: Olivia Rush
20: Rebekah Dennehy
21: Kate Holland

Management:

David O’Leary
Liam Costello
Sarah Hogan(Stats)
Miriam Courtney(First Aid)IMG_7263.JPG

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