Late Scoring Spree Seals Intermediate 1 Club Championship Title For Cuala
Cuala hit five unanswered points in the closing ten minutes to win a thrilling intermediate 1 club championship final in Abbotstown this afternoon.
The large crowd that gathered in Abbotstown for today’s Dublin Camogie/We Are Dublin GAA intermediate 1 Club championship final were kept on the edge of their seats throughout.
Both sides battled their hearts out in a game that produced six goals and some excellent points over the sixty plus minutes.
Cuala got off to a great start and were five points clear after 12 minutes with Castleknock still waiting for their first score of the contest.
Four minutes in and Cuala’s Blaithin Lane raised the first green flag of the day with a fine finish to the net.
Cuala’s Jennifer Dunne Proved A Handful For The Castleknock Defence
Six minutes later and Jennifer Dunne who was influential throughout in a player of the match display swung a cracking point over the bar.
Blaithin Lane was again on target two minutes as she added a point to her earlier goal and Cuala led by five.
Castleknock needed a response and they got it at the end of the first quarter from Amy Mahoney who buried the ball to the net and it was game on.
But Jennifer Dunne was proving a handful for the Castleknock defence and the tall athletic number 15 put three between the sides again with another excellent point.
At this stage it was a real battle with players from both sides throwing themselves into tackles and blocks with abandon.
A Late Goal In The First Half Left The Bare Minimum Between The Sides
Castleknock’s Claire Murray grabbed her first point of the game to reduce the deficit to two and the half forward was to have a big say before the break.
With eight minutes to go to the short whistle Cuala looked like they might take to take a healthy lead with them at half time when Roisin O’Grady grabbed her sides second goal of the final.
But Castleknock certainly weren’t in the mood to accommodate their opponents and the half forward made sure there would only be the bare minimum between the two teams at the end of the half.
Castleknock were awarded a free in the final minute of the first half which Murray dispatched and she was on hand just sixty seconds later to raise her sides second green flag of the day to leave the half time score, Cuala 2-03 and Castleknock 2-02.
A fine point from Castleknock’s Aoife Whelan brought the teams level four minutes into the second half.
Cuala though wrestler back control of the game in the 38th minute when the ever impressive Jennifer Dunne hit a stunning effort to the net and a Juliette O’Flynn point two minutes later put Cuala four to the good.
Castleknock reduced the deficit in half with a converted free from Ciara Murray and one from open play scored by Aisling Andrews.
But Cuala dominated from the 50th minute till the final whistle and scored five unanswered points to grab this Intermediate 1 Final by the scruff of the neck.
Sinead Wylde got the scoring run going with two cracking points in the space of a minute, Blaithin Lane brought her tally for the game to 1-02 with a fine point and a converted Sinead Murphy free put six between the sides as the game headed into injury time.
Castleknock Never Let Their Heads Drop And Battled Tipp The Finish
In the 64th minute Jennifer Dunne capped a brilliant display with another sumptuous points.
All fairness to Castleknock despite the late scoring spree by their opponents they never dropped the heads and battled their hearts out to the finish and certainly played a major part in an entertaining and competitive final.
Castleknock were awarded a free in the 65th minute close to goal and despite a number of players on the line Ciara Murray blasted the ball into the roof of the net for her sides third goal.
Unfortunately there was no time left to stage a comeback and Cuala were deservedly crowned Intermediate 1 Club Champions.
Jennifer Dunne 1-03
Blaithin Lane 1-02
Roisin O’Grady 1-00
Sinead Wylde 0-02
Sinead Murphy 0-01 (1f)
Juliette O’Flynn 0-01
Claire Murray 1-02 (1f)
Ciara Murray 1-01 (1f)
Amy Mahony 1-00
Aisling Andrews 0-01
Aoife Whelan 0-01
1. Clodagh Sheehan
2. Caitlin Byrne
3. Eleanor Moore
4. Shaunna Curtis
5. Grace Nash
6. Sinead Murphy
7. Ciara Byrne
8. Hannah O’Dea (Joint Captain)
9. Niamh Collopy
10. Roisin O’Grady (Joint Captain)
11. Sinead Wylde
12. Rachel Hartnett
13. Cara Sullivan
14. Blaithin Lane
15. Jennifer Dunne
16. Juliette O’Flynn
17. Leonie Buckley
18. Orlaith O’Sullivan
19. Jennifer Byrne
20. Roisin O’Toole
21. Molly Lewis
22. Jennfier Carey
23. Maria Buckley
1. Dara Cooke
2. Erin Bergin
3. Niamh Mulroney
4. Aisling Mahony
6. Sarah Murphy
7. Molly O’Neill
8. Caoimhe Cooke
9. Louise Mahony
10. Caitlin Coffey
11. Karla Whelan
12. Claire Murray
13. Aoife Whelan
14. Rebecca Cassidy
15. Ciara Murray
16. Amy Mahony
17. Aisling Andrews
18. Meadbh Stynes
19. Deibhle Lennon
20. Eimear Stynes
21. Brónagh Quinn
22. Clare Nulty Sorcha
23. Cara Feene Cara
24. Sarah Byrn
25. Ciara Golden
Referee: Adam Kelly (Lucan)