Erin’s Isle storm to Feile crown after magical weekend of football

by Stephen Findlater

Erin’s Isle produced a magical weekend of football to win Dublin Division 2 Feile crown, capping it with a brilliant final win over Clontarf on Monday morning with a 4-6 to 2-3 success in Parnell Park.

Isles started off the first half strong, making it incredibly difficult to give Clontarf a real battle to find their feet.

Two goals by Cian O’Hare along with a point and another goal by Ryan McGrath got them off to an amazing start. It gave Isles a strong advantage at the break which they were never going to relinquish.

The Finglas club’s full back and half back lines were dominant in the first half and kept Clontarf to 1-3 at half time. Points from Ollie Gaffney and Cian O’Hare left the half time score at 3-4 to 1-3 to Isles.

And, to continue their momentum, Isles substitutions proved vital as they made a big impact off the bench including Ryan Mitchell and Charley Lynch.

Callum Lowe and Kyle Curtis caused havoc for the Clontarf defence with the latter narrowly missing a goal chance. A dominant midfield performance from both Nathan Fitzherald and Sakiou Trawally helped Isles in their win.

Davide Cetra, at centre forward, also carried a great threat every time he was in possession, adding to the scores with a point.

Captain Ollie Gaffney gave Isles their fourth goal with a penalty late in the second half that put a 13-point gap with about 10 minutes to go.

Clontarf managed to pull a goal back from a penalty late in the second half but, again, second half performances from half back line of Darragh Gorman, Cian Moran and Cillian Byrne proved to be too strong.

Full back line of Davin Lynch, Billy Grafton and Tadhg Holder replaced by Ryan Mitchell were solid in defence.

Earlier in the weekend, the Finglas club opened up with a 2-3 to 0-5 win over Clontarf on Saturday morning on their home turf to set them on their way. A 2-9 to 1-5 success against Skerries Harps continued their momentum and they completed the group stages with a 3-8 to 0-5 victory over Ballymun Kickhams.

It put them through to a semi-final in Thomastown where they eliminated St Sylvester’s 5-5 to 2-7.

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