U-19A League final
Holy Faith, Clontarf 65
Scoil Chriost Ri, Portlaoise 41
HOLY Faith Clontarf completed the All Ireland League and Cup double as they won out 65-41 against Scoil Chriost Ri of Portlaoise in the U19 A Girls All-Ireland Schools League final.
The win follows on from their Subway Schools U19 A Cup final win back in January, and was just as polished a performance as that one, with superb defense from the Dubliners being the big talking point of the day as they held a talented Portlaoise squad to 41 points.
The charge was led by MVP Maeve O’Seaghdha who finished the game on 25 points for Holy Faith in an all-round superb individual display from the talented Irish international.
She was ably supported in a dazzling supporting cast of Elizabeth Black, Bronagh Power Cassidy, Niamh Kenny and Maria Long.
Holy Faith got off to the brightest start opening up a statement 15-6 lead at the end of the first quarter, with big scores from O Seaghdha and Black.
Portlaoise soon found their feet in the second quarter though, and Jasmine Burke and Ciara Byrne shone brightest with some fantastic scores to put the pressure on the cup champions.
Holy Faith responded with scores from Kenny and Power Cassidy and despite good work from Shauna Dooley and Erone Fitzpatrick for Chriost Ri, they trailed Holy Faith 35-22 at half time.
A massive third quarter from Holy Faith saw them outscore the midlanders by 18-3, with O Seaghdha dominating at both ends of the court and netting some big scores.
Black increased her tally, while a huge three pointer from Niamh Kenny sent them into a 53-25 lead going into the final quarter.
Scoil Chriost Ri kept battling though, and again it was Dooley, Fitzpatrick, Kenny and Sarah Fleming who led the charge with some super defensive displays and great scores.
The damage had already been done though, and scores from Power Cassidy, another three from Kenny and a final basket from Emma Crumlish saw Holy Faith home to All Ireland glory.