Faughs Celtic Make History As Senior 2 Title Win Secures Senior 1 Status For The First Time In Their Modern History
Faughs Celtic 1-12
Kilmacud Crokes 1-04
It was an historic Sunday afternoon for Faughs Celtic who beat Kilmacud Crokes to claim the Dublin Camogie/ We Are Dublin GAA Senior 2 title.
Yesterday’s victory secured Senior 1 status for the first time in their modern history.
Faughs Celtic is an amalgamation of Celtic camogie which was formed in 1929 in Coolock and Faughs which was founded in 1885 in the Phoenix Park.
Faughs moved to Tymon North in Templeogue in 1981, Celtic camogie despite possessing an illustrious history winning no fewer than 14 Dublin senior championship titles had no ground of their own and in the late 90’s moved to Tymon Park to merge with Faughs and Faughs Celtic was formed in 2000.
The foundations for yesterday’s historic Senior 2 title win were laid in the first half.
After a cagey opening ten minutes from both sides Faughs dominated the remainder of the opening period.
A point from Holly Finnegan in the 10th minute was quickly followed by a converted free from captain Catherine Costello a minute later.
Crokes were finding it difficult to get out of their own half and when they did manage to mount an attack the Faughs Celtic defence coped admirably with the Kilmacud forwards.
In the 18th minute Holly Finnegan scored her second point of the final and Faughs led by three. By the 26th minute that lead was pushed out to five with points from Kerrie Finnegan and an excellent team score swept over the bar by Olivia Rush.
With two minutes to go to the break Crokes finally got their first score of the contest from a converted free by Sorcha Meagher.
But Faughs made sure they would take a healthy lead with them into the dressing rooms.
A fine point from Cathrine Costello in the second minute of injury time was followed seconds later with the opening goal of the game hand passed to the net by Chloe Mullen to leave the score at halftime 1-06 to 0-01.
Kilmacud had a mountain to climb and needed to up the tempo of their game and secure a lot more possession than they had done in the first half and in fairness to them that’s exactly what they did and the second half was more evenly contested.
Faughs Celtic extended their lead with their first attack in the second half a fine point from player of the match Kerrie Finnegan.
Crokes were enjoying more possession and becoming more of an attacking threat. Two points in a row from Sorcha Meagher, one from a free and an excellent effort from open play reduced the deficit.
The lead was back to eight points in the 47th minute with Catherine Costello converting a free.
Two minutes later and Crokes hopes of a comeback were raised when half forward Siofra Walsh found the back of the net.
But that was to be as good as it got for Kilmacud as Faughs grabbed the next three scores all scored by trusty free taker Catherine Costello.
In the final minute Crokes added a point from a free scored by Sorcha Meagher and it was left to Faughs captain Catherine Costello to hit the last score of the game from a free and the Senior 2 title was heading to Tymon.
Kilmacud Crokes Scorers:
12. Sorcha Meagher 0-04 (3f)
10. Siofra Walsh 1-00
Faughs Celtic Scorers:
8. Catherine Costello 0-07 (6f)
14. Chloe Mullen 1-00
11. Holly Finnegan 0-02
10. Kerrie Finnegan 0-02
13. Olivia Rush 0-01
1. Lusai Ni Conchubhair
2. Lucy O’Connor
3. Affraic McLoughlin
4. Orna McLoughlin
5. Aisling Whitely
6. Rachel Noctor
7. Maria Erin O’Hurley
8. Aine Gilheany
9. Maedhbh Gallagher
10. Siofra Walsh
11. Charlotte O’Farrell
12. Sorcha Meagher
13. Michelle O’Hurley
14. Julia Buckley
15. Sarah Fenlon
Kilmacud Crokes Substitutions:
17. Emer O’Rafferty for 13. Michelle O’Hurley (HT)
16. Stephanie Galvin for: 15. Sarah Fenlon (40th Min)
1. Cara O’Shea
2. Rebecca Lewis
3. Sally O’Grady
4. Kate Clarke
5. Jennifer O’Sullivan
6. Isabelle Costello
7. Jessica Murphy
8. Catherine Costello
9. Jennifer O’Grady
10. Kerrie Finnegan
11. Holly Finnegan
12. Saoirse Malin
13. Olivia Rush
14. Chloe Mullen
15. Emma Ryan
Faughs Celtic Substitutions:
16. Meaghan Rock for 15. Emma Ryan (35th Min)
17. Rachel Seery for 12. Saoirse Malin (43rd Min)
18. Sinead Richardson for 13. Olivia Roche (62nd Min)