Commercial success

by Gazette Reporter
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COMMERCIiALS landed their first championship title in over 20 years, bouncing back from last year’s final defeat to Ballinteer St John’s, as they won the We Are Dublin Senior 7B championship 1-7 to 2-1.
They were made fight every inch of the way by a brave Erin’s Isle at Abbottstown’s synthetic surface, eventually prevailing by three points.
Indeed, they can also give a big vote of thanks to their keeper Niamh Dungan, receiving her player of the match award from Board Treasurer Mona O’Sullivan, who was rock solid, making a crucial 42nd minute save from a point-blank shot.
Commercials were first on the scoreboard when Roisin Doyle fired a rocket from over 30m to the net in the 11th minute. Both defences were on top and scores were hard to come by. Commercials were enjoying the better of the exchanges but struck six wides before the break.
Erin’s Isle fought back with Kirsty Conner involved in many of the plays. From a long Conner delivery, Cathy Connaghan managed to get a flick on the ball to steer it into the net and the Finglas crew were back in the game.
A minute later, Commercials were back in front when Sophie Strumble pointed from close range. Noelle Comyn then found her range with a pointed free.
Chloe Lambert went very close to goaling for Isle’s in the 31st minute only to see her effort go narrowly wide. Moments later, Conner battled through to have a blast at goal with Dungan saving superbly but Cathy Connaghan was on hand to put her name on a second goal; Isles were 2-0 to 1-2 in front at the break.
Within two minutes of the restart, the pacey Angelique Kilgannon levelled the game for Commercials. It was the signal for a fine period for Commericals as two points from Comyn, the second from play, put them 1-5 to 2-0 in front.
Donna McAllister was enjoying some good possession and, from a free in the 37th minute, she brought the game to parity once more. However, it was to prove Isles only score of the half.
In fact, the next score didn’t come for another 27 minutes as the sides battled with great intent. Sarah Ryan, Joni Shattock, Ruby Tracy, Caoilfhionn Ni Dhulaing defended stoutly for Commercials as Isles through everything at them.
With time almost up Noelle Comyn hit the insurance points for a famous win.

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