Dublin’s fantastic Foxes

by Gazette Reporter

FOXROCK Cabinteely’s Amy Connolly described it as a “dogfight” as she and her club cohorts combined to win the New Ireland Assurance Dublin ladies football championship title last Friday evening.
It was the first time they had retained the senior crown, continuing their remarkable rise, as they beat St Brigid’s in the decider for a second successive year in the decider.
Connolly was named player of the match for a blistering performance, scoring 1-4 in a typically all-action showing. It helped her side run up a 1-8 to 1-4 lead before Brigid’s fought back to within a couple of points before having a chance to win the game with the last kick, a free that saw 12 Foxrock players on the line to block the chance.
Speaking about the victory, Connolly told FM104’s Declan Drake: “That was a dogfight at the end and could have gone either way. I am actually in shock a bit still; St Brigid’s really put it up to us.
“We beat them well enough in the group rounds but we weren’t complacent and knew they were going to come out hard against us, especially as it was a repeat of last year’s final. If there was another 10 minutes, God knows what would have happened so I am just delighted. We have such a great bunch of girls in FoxCab and I wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else.”
Reflecting on the dramatic finish to the tie, Connolly said that the end of the match could not come soon enough.
“The second half wasn’t pretty but we still came out on top,” she said. “We knew it was one of the last kicks of the game so we had to throw our bodies on the line and were all back there.
“I am just grateful the final whistle blew. Winning it back to back is that bit harder. It was always going to be so much tougher this year and everyone put their body on the line and it’s unreal.”
The club now have a Leinster championship to look forward after Dublin’s county footballers play their All-Ireland final against Cork in a couple of weeks time.
And Connolly is hopeful of retaining that title too.
“Hopefully we can go on and win back-to-back Leinster titles and maybe go one step further but the first step is to win our first Leinster match. We know we can build on last year. It’s the same bunch of players, bar one or two, and we are hoping to go that one step further this year.”
It’s a view shared by team mate Sinead Goldrick.
“We understand what an achievement it is for our club; its down to the management and all our players for the work that we put in.
“We’ll take it game by game. The next focus is on the All-Ireland final with Dublin before going back to the club and where we came from. It’s a big few weeks ahead of football and just delighted to be continuing on.”

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