DOMINICAN College, Griffith Avenue bowed out of the Tesco All-Ireland schools camogie championship at the semi-final stage to St Mary’s, Midleton 4-18 to 1-4 but can still reflect on a super year.
Two weeks before Saturday’s semi, the school ran up a glorious 5-5 to 3-7 win over St Mary’s Naas in the Dublin senior A final, making it back to back victories at this level.
Fiona Isdell was the hero with a hat-trick of goals in Portmarnock as goals proved pivotal for Eoin Ryan’s side.
Isdell netted the first on 18 minutes to cancel out Tara Bedford’s goal for the Kildare outfit moments earlier and she nabbed another just before half-time but St Mary’s had the edge 2-3 to 2-2 at half-time.
The game turned, though, in the second half when Aiobhe Noonan’s deflected shot found the net to give Dominican the perfect impetus. Tara Doorey responded in kind with an excellent goal for Mary’s only for Isdell to continue the goal rush, marking her hat-trick goal from full forward in some style.
After a lengthy injury delay, Mary’s did nick in front yet again with a couple of points but St Mary’s finished with a flourish as Noonan found the net for a second time.
And her side duly ran up a string of unanswered points from Ciara Kavanagh and Aifric Mangan to put them out of reach by four points.
“Naas were very good, very hard to break down,” Ryan told Dublin Gazette when reflecting on the season. “But we have developed a winning mentality over the years. Goals were crucial in the end for us.
“Camogie in the school has been building over the years and there has been a big emphasis on it with a commitment to improving coaching and training.”
This has culminated in their maiden Under-19 success in 2019 which they backed up this year. This side had previously tasted Dublin A championship success at Under-14 and 16 level with several of the team – hailing from clubs like St Vincent’s, Na Fianna, Whitehall Colmcilles and Erin’s Isle – earning Dublin underage trials with Emily Byrne and Anna Sullivan earning county call-ups.
The All-Ireland semi-final proved a bridge too far, though, missing out on a final date against Loreto Beaufort, a side Dominican beat in the Dublin semis.