Dublin schools junior ‘a’ camogie final

Dominicans do the business over Naas

by Jonny Stapleton

Magical forwards deliver goals which prove key for northsiders in final victory over Naas.

DOMINICAN College produced a dominant first-half display in Trinity College Sports Ground last Friday morning to claim the Dublin Schools Junior ‘A’ Camogie Championship title.

The Drumcondra side turned on the style in the second quarter of the game to rattle of 3-2 without reply. Following a tentative start, Niamh Kellys 7th-minute goal for Dominicans was quickly supplemented by a superb Daisy Devine point.While the northsiders threatened to run riot when Mary-Kate Spellman and Lucy Ahern added another three-pointers, their Naas counterparts delivered an impressive rebuttal in the second half. 

The Naas outfit got back in to the game with a dominant ten minute spell in the second half. 

The Naas captain moved from full forward to the wing started to dominate and her running and two quick goals wiped out their opponents’ half-time cushion, but Dominicans responded to these set-backs in the most emphatic way and they kicked on to win the title.

Superb saves from the gallant shotstopper Madeline Roe, midfield maestro Ava O’Neill winning primary possession proving the decisive factor.

Caitlin Mckenna posted additional points to give Dominicans a five-point buffer, while Ruth Cosgrave from the substitutes bench also found the target. To Naas’s credit, their continued peserverance made it an exciting finish to the game.

However, with Mc Kenna converting a 40-metre free, Dominicans convincingly secured the top-tier crown. Dominicans manager Orla Doherty and her team of selectors Liam Stacey, Sean Baxter and Eoin Ryan were very happy with the teams resilience in the second half and Dominicans now look forward to an All-Ireland Semi Final on the 11th September.

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