PARNELLS won a 10-goal cracker by just two points in the Division 8 Feile Final at Tallaght Stadium, winning out 5-4 to 5-2 against Parnells on Sunday.
The tone was set within the first seconds with Mearnogs hitting Ciara Corr’s crossbar. What followed was an onslaught of goalmouth action in both halves.
The Portmarnock side chipped in an opening goal but Parnells replied and slowly but surely turned the screw with a stunning display of tight midfield passing, especially between Alex Meehan, Ava Rose Henry and Ella McCarthy.
Before long they were rewarded with a goal and a point for their troubles. They were starting to dominate but their lack of clinical finishing came back to haunt them when Naomh Mearnóg took the lead with a quick-fire goal and point combo before half time, leaving Parnells trailing by a point despite their dominance.
The second half saw both sides find their shooting boots in spectacular style with second goals in total. Parnells scored an early goal as their strength in midfield started to assert itself once again.
But Naomh Mearnóg struck their first goal of the second half against the run of play, and it looked like the game was going to turn in their favour once again. Instead, Parnells dug deep responding with a goal and a point of their own.
At this point both sides went for it. Naomh Mearnóg scored a superb goal from the right wing but Orlaith McGarry’s hat trick wasn’t enough to see the yellows over the line, as Parnells struck twice in the closing moments to clinch the tie 5-4 to 5-2 with their own hat-trick hero coming in the form of Dominique Darby.