Goals from Fiona O’Neill and Shelly Melia proved crucial to seal a first Leinster Senior Club title for Dunboyne

Dunboyne team celebrate on the pitch after beating Foxrock Cabinteely to claim their first Leinster Senior Club title

 

Dunboyne 2-11

Foxrock Cabinteely 2-08

By Aisling Clery

Second half goals from Fiona O’Neill and Shelly Melia were crucial as Dunboyne landed their first Leinster Senior Club title in Kinnegad on Sunday.

Vikki Wall was a powerhouse in the centre of the field, hitting four points over the contest against six time reigning champions Foxrock Cabinteely and deservedly picking up the Player of the Match.

The game got off to a quick start with Vikki Wall grabbing her side’s opening score in the first minute.

However, the reigning champions enjoyed more of the possession and with Ciara O’Riordan and Jodi Egan getting on the scoreboard early, Alan McNally’s side took a one point lead into the water break (0-03 to 0-02) despite losing Niamh Collins to the sin bin.

Both sides tested out the respective keepers early on and Alison O’Sullivan and Aisling Tarpey both proved solid on their lines.

A brace of Emma Duggan frees levelled the game on 25 minutes, however the Dublin champions finished the half with aplomb – Andrea Murphy pointing before turning provider when she found Katie McNally. The corner forward rattled the Dunboyne net to ensure FoxCab led by 1-05 to 0-04 at the break.

Dunboyne pressed up on the FoxCab defence in the second half and they were duly rewarded as they hit 1-05 unanswered. Vikki Wall (2) and Saoirse Quinn pointed to reduce Dunboyne’s deficit to one.

FoxCab lost Sinead Loughran to the sin bin and Dunboyne pressed on taking the lead through their captain, Fiona O’Neill who netted superbly before adding a further point.

Substitute Hannah O’Neill did grab a second goal for FoxCab to leave the minimum between the sides once more, but Dunboyne responded quickly with points from Vikki Wall and Emma Duggan.

Jodi Egan converted three successive frees late on, but a second goal from Shelly Melia ensured the Bill Daly Trophy heads to the Royal County for the first time since Seneschalstown were crowned Leinster champions back in 2003.

Dunboyne Scorers

14. Emma Duggan 0-05 (5f)

15. Fiona O’Neill 1-01

8. Vikki Wall 0-04 (1f)

11. Shelly Melia 1-00

12. Saoirse Quinn 0-01

Foxrock Cabinteely Scorers

14. Jodi Egan 0-05 (4f)

15. Kate McNally 1-00

18. Hannah O’Neill 1-00

11. Ciara O’Riordan 0-01

12. Sinead Loughran 0-01

13. Andrea Murphy 0-01

Dunboyne

1. Alison O’Sullivan

2. Rachel McDermott

3. Elaine Doyle

4. Dee Blaney

5. Aoife Delaney

6. Honor Hickey

7. Annie Moffatt

8. Vikki Wall

9. Alison Jones

10. Julie Kavanagh

11. Shelly Melia

12. Saoirse Quinn

18. Hannah Nolan

14. Emma Duggan

15. Fiona O’Neill

Dunboyne Substitutions

30. Niamh Williams for Nolan (HT)

Foxrock Cabinteely

1. Aisling Tarpey

2. Niamh Collins

3. Sarah Quinn

4. Sinead Delahunty

5. Faye O’Connell Bell

6. Aedin Murray

7. Lorna Fusciardi

8. Fiona Claffey

9. Tarah O’Sullivan

10. Sarah Dillon

11. Ciara O’Riordan

12. Sinead Loughran

13. Andrea Murphy

14. Jodi Egan

15. Kate McNally

Foxrock Cabinteely Substitutions

19. Ciara Murphy for Collins (HT)

18. Hannah O’Neill for Fusicardi (40)

22. Ava Egan for McNally (60)

Referee: J Bermingham (Wicklow)