Kilmacud Crokes Crowned Intermediate Ladies Football Champions.

Dublin Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Final.

Kilmacud Crokes 2-08 Parnell’s 1-04

Kilmacud Crokes are back up into the senior ranks at the second time of asking following their seven point win over Parnell’s in the 2014 Intermediate Championship final.

The Stillorgan club previously won the Dublin Intermediate crown back in 2000 only to drop down from top flight club football a few seasons later.

However the 2014 squad will ensure that Crokes remain in the top ranks for many more years to come as their current panel contains an abundance of youthful, talented and skilful footballers.

Two that caught the eye where Éabha Rutledge and Lauren Magee both of whom are still eligible for minor football, gave commanding performances in the purple and gold jersey feats that belied their young age.

The first half was a somewhat one sided encounter as Parnell’s simply could not contain Kilmacud Crokes movement, inter passing and pace. Crokes kept the Coolock club in the game by squandering numerous opportunities in front of the posts, Crokes wide tally was well into double figures at the half time interval.

Despite their missed scoring opportunities Kilmacud Crokes still took a seven point lead into the dressing room, the score board reading Kilmacud Crokes 2-03 Parnell’s 0-2.

Crokes first half goals arrived courtesy of Michelle Daveron (3rd min) and Rachel Gallagher (32nd min) while their points came from Rutledge, Magee and Greer while Cumiskey and Morgan where on target in the opening thirty minutes for Parnell’s.

Kilmacud Crokes came out for the second half at speed notching up two quick points, the first a Daveron free, the second coming from corner forward Una Murphy pushing their lead out further to 8 points.

Around the 36th minute Parnell’s were thrown a life line of sorts as Holly Greer was shown a straight red card for a foul on Lindsay Peat reducing Kilmacud Crokes to fourteen players with twenty four minutes remaining on the clock.

The aforementioned Peat immediately took advantage of the numerical imbalance first by adding on a point then finishing a trade mark powerful run with a powerful shot past Crokes number one, Martha O’Connor.

In the 50th minute Peat tagged on another point to leave the deficit at just four between the two sides. This however would be Parnell’s final score of the 2014 final as the Coolock girls would not registrar another score for the remainder of the game.

Kilmacud Crokes maintained their dominance by tagging on three unanswered points the first from sub Alana Jones, followed by a second Daveron free while the tireless Rutledge added her second and Crokes eight point to seal the victory for Tommy Doran’s chargers.

The aforementioned Peat, Avril Cluxton and Claire Morgan performed well throughout the game for Parnell’s but they had no answer to the displays of Magee, Rutledge and Player of the match Ciara Regan.

Having lost the 2013 final to Thomas Davis it was an emotional moment for team Captain Ann Marie Cahill (McBarron) as she lifted the cup aloft to the cheers of the Kilmacud Crokes supporters.

Kilmacud Crokes: Martha O’Connor, Philippa Greene, Claire Kavanagh, Ciara Regan, Anna O’Grady, Ann Marie Cahill, Gillian O’Brien, Holly Greer, Lauren Magee, Aoife Kane, Michelle Daveron, Rachel Gallagher, Éabha Rutledge, Aife Kavanagh, Una Murphy

Scorers: Michelle Daveron 1-02 (2F), Rachel Gallagher 1-00, Éabha Rutledge 0-02, Una Murphy, Lauren Magee, Holly Greer, Alana Jones 0-01 each

Subs: Marie McMullen for Aife Kavanagh, Alana Jones for Rachel Gallagher

Parnell’s: Tamara Tarr, Aine Ni Shuilleabhain, Avril Cluxton, Vicki Ronning, Leona Corr, Ciara Walsh, Claire Morgan, Lydia Phelan, Ailish McLoughlin, Laura Flannery, Anna McCormack, Lindsay Peat, Carla Moran, Laura Ryan, Sinead Cumiskey

Scorers: Lindsay Peat 1-02, Sinead Cumiskey and Claire Morgan 0-01 each

Subs: Sarah Lynam for Carla Moran, Laura Hoey for Laura Ryan

Sin bin (1st half) Lydia Phelan (Parnell’s)
Red card (2nd half) Holly Greer

Player of the Match: Ciara Regan (Kilmacud Crokes)

Referee: Billy O’Connell (Croi Ro Naofa)
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