Fantastic Feile Foxes

by Karl Graham

FOXROCK Cabinteely mentor Linzi Simpson praised the performances of her players as the club’s Under-14 side kept up their great record on the national stage, reaching the quarter-finals of the ladies football Division 1 Feile.
There, they were narrowly undone by Glanmire, 1-4 to 2-0, in Cavan last weekend but it did not take the gloss off another excellent performance.
The team won all three of their group games to make it through to the last eight but just missed out to the eventual winners of the tournament.
“The girls worked very hard for it. We trained twice a week and they played their hearts out,” Simpson told GazetteSport.
“We won our division. I think we were the second highest scorers and we conceded the least, but that’s the way the dice falls. Our scores and our gameplay in the group was really outstanding so I think we are happy with our level.”
Foxrock Cabinteely may not have left Cavan with some silverware but they were more than delighted to have won the Dublin Feile to qualify in the first place and took plenty from the experience of competing on a national level.
“The girls are happy to be Dublin champions because they are very self-effacing. We are an all-girl club so we don’t have that massive infrastructure that you would maybe have around you for the boys and mixed clubs.
“They were gutted but, on the way back, they were laughing and joking on the bus so I think the best thing that went on, for them, was the team bonding with our host club Crosserlough.
“It was absolutely extraordinary because they were all worried about how they would get on but when the two teams met, they just really clicked.
“The girls got so friendly and Crosserlough were the greatest supporters on the sideline because they were chanting for Foxrock Cabinteely. All the other parents met as well and when it came to Crosserlough in the shield, they all said they wanted to go cheer on the home side.”
One particular highlight for Foxrock was their 6-6 to nil victory over Claregalway in their first group game.
“The girls were at a disadvantage because the referees down there ref the game differently than in Dublin. In Dublin, you are absolutely not allowed to slap the ball or push so we found it difficult to manage the more physical style.
“However, the girls were irrepressible. The youngest was 12 so they were just like ‘oh well’ and ‘I can’t believe we beat Claregalway’.
“There were tears of course but they bounced back quickly and the whole event was amazing. They went off and did country things like feeding cattle so they were delighted,” Simpson concluded.
With the league campaign all ready over, the tean can now turn their attentions to their championship campaign which gets underway in a few weeks time.

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