AIG Ladies Football Feile Div 1 Final
Erin’s Isle 1-5
** Cóilin Duffy
CLONTARF Under 14 Ladies Footballers are Connacht bound next month for the All-Ireland Féile Peil na nÓg, after an Emma Connolly hat-trick helped them to take AIG Dublin Division 1 honours at St. Peregrines GAA Club on Sunday.
The red and whites came through a busy weekend of action to take silverware, which included bouncing back from a 1-7 to 2-2 group stages defeat to Erins Isle on Saturday in Finglas.
Three points in arrears, six minutes into the second half of the decider Clontarf held Finglas to just one further score, as they dug in to take the title
Erins Isle looked eager early on, and after a number of early misses took the opening score – a goal from Ella Wilson.
The Finglas side continued to dominate, especially from kickouts, with Wilson adding a pointed free to their tally.
Clontarf opened their account on six minutes when Emma Connolly registered a point – her only occasion during the game to send the ball over the bar – but she was to have a telling impact on this contest.
As was the case during the earlier games of the day, the uprights were well tested, and this included an effort from the aforementioned Connolly coming off the posts in the 10th minute, as Clontarf tried to add to their tally.
They now began to dominate possession, with Caoimhe Creighton blazing the ball wide with a soccer style effort, before Wilson ended an almost 11-minute barren spell for Erin’s Isle with a pointed free 30 seconds into injury time.
Connolly cut in for the first of her goals two minutes later, while at the opposite end Danielle Dinan pulled off a fine save from a Kate Watson goal shot.
Erins Isle pushed hard for scores, but only led by the minimum at the break on a 1-2 to 1-1 score-line.
They moved three points clear on the restart following scores from Mya Breen and Watson (free), before Clontarf took control.
Their opening score of the second half came nine minutes in, when Ellen Leddy Doyle pointed a free, before Connolly grabbed her second goal.
Erins Isle responded with a point from Watson to level the tie at 1-5 to 2-2 after 11 and a half minutes, but this was her sides final score.
Clontarf finished strongly, adding 1-2 without reply, with Connolly’s third goal bookended by points from Amelie Ní Riain on the way to a five-point win.
Afterwards Pat O’Donoghue Dublin LGFA presented the Emma Jones Memorial Trophy to Clontarf captain Aoife Quigley.
Attention now turn to the All-Ireland Féile in Connacht from June 28-30, with Galway’s Kilkerrin-Clonberne set to host Clontarf.