Cuala’s dream treble success

by Karl Graham

CUALA’s ladies brought their excellent season to a remarkable end by completing the treble with victory over O’Dwyers in their league and cup double header.
They had already enjoyed junior A championship success with victory over Lucan Sarsfields, before finishing the season by adding the Division 4 league and cup titles to their tally in one fell swoop.
“It is brilliant. Tremendous,” Cuala mentor John McKeown told the Dublin Gazette. “We set down a few goals at the start of the season; in particular to improve on last season.
“To be honest with you, we surpassed our goals by winning all three titles so it was an exceptional year.
“The girls bought into it from an early age and, as we always say, the snowball starts to roll.
“We started off with a good few wins in the cup, which would be a secondary competition, and that built the momentum.
“We got great commitment from training and from matches, and from people actually trying to make themselves available so really it was about the strength in depth in our panel as well.
“The girls are at such an age now where a lot of them are going off on Erasmus or for work in America or wherever, but the strength in depth in the panel saw us through; the summer months in particular.”
Cuala’s form was a stark improvement on last year and McKeown explained how a decision taking by the management was a contributing factor.
“We got another group of girls coming up from minor, which were those born in 1998, but we made a crucial decision by bringing up the 1999 girls as well.
“So, the big decision was do we put in two minor teams and two adult teams or do we bring up the 1999 girls and put in two strong adult teams and one minor team?
“That seems to be what a lot of the other club teams in the county were doing as well.”
Cuala can now look forward to competing in division three next year and McKeown is confident the team can continue to impress.
“We actually beat division three and division two teams in the junior championship [this year] so it has given us great hope for the years ahead knowing that we can compete with the division three teams and go in with some sort of confidence.”
With Cuala’s men’s teams achieving so much success in recent years, many at the club will now be delighted to see the ladies write their own piece of history.
“It is the first time that the ladies have been taken really seriously within the club.
“They were always ‘it’s very good the ladies are doing well’ but if you look on the website even, our victory is actually at the top of the list of victories now.
“We are up there with as much importance within the club and that really is to do with the few people within the club who would have had an interest in ladies football during the early years,” McKeown concluded.

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