Fantastic Foxes land fourth Feile

by Gazette Reporter

FOXROCK Cabinteely added to their storied ladies football Feile history as they landed the Dublin title last Sunday in Blakestown as they just about held Ballyboden St Enda’s at bay in the final at the end of another famous weekend.
There was never more than three points separating the sides at any stage but, with wing-forward Jennifer Hamill playing a starring role, Fox/Cab held out in the closing moments to secure their fourth Dublin Feile title.
They have also won the All-Ireland Feile crown on two occasions (including a memorable triumph over Corofin back in 2005), and are certain to be strong representatives for the county in the near future.
It was proving to be a scrappy beginning to the proceedings, however, with some injury stoppages disrupting the flow of the play. Boden started to find their feet, though, and from a left-hand angle, Auveen O’Neill kicked a fifth-minute score for the south-siders.
This was the morale-boost that Colm Bolger’s girls needed and, following excellent approach work from Jennifer Hanrahan, Grace O’Neill kicked a fine point on the turn. There was no reason for Fox/Cab to panic just yet, though, and they levelled matters in the ninth-minute with a successful 30-metre free by Hamill.
The required substitutions on 10 minutes allowed both management teams to introduce fresh legs into their respective line-ups, but it was Fox/Cab who had the more productive finish to the first-half.
Industrious play from Flannery provided the platform for Megan Dempsey to find the range, and at the end of a fine attacking move, Hamill was on target for the Kilbogget Park side – who brought a 0-4 to 0-2 cushion into the interval.
Boden were still in contention upon the resumption but if they were to swing the pendulum in their direction, they needed to curb the influence of Hamill and Flannery. Hamill was making significant inroads for Fox/Cab and she cut inside from the left-wing to kick another outstanding point in the 16th-minute.
With neither side cutting loose in the opposition half, this score was becoming increasingly important in the overall context of the game. Boden persevered with their challenge, however, and midfielder Michaela Fitzpatrick broke free for her team’s first point in all of 20 minutes.
This offered a much-needed lift to St Enda’s during a difficult spell, and when Grace Lawlor split the posts under severe pressure, it was a one-point game once more. While normal time was almost up at this point, a series of stoppages ensured that there was a total of seven minutes of injury-time at the end of an enthralling spectacle.
This acted as an incentive for Boden, but despite their best endeavours, a 33rd-minute Hamill free helped Foxrock/Cabinteely to keep their counterparts at bay.

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