Faughs historic rise to Senior 1

by Gazette Reporter
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Faughs created history as they attained senior status for the first time in their modern history with a well-deserved eight-point win over a gallant Kilmacud Crokes in Abbotstown.

Faughs started strongly and led by 0-5 to 0-0 following excellent scores from Holly Finnegan, Kerrie Finnegan and a spectacular point from Saoirse Malin which drew gasps from the crowd and an excellent team score finished by Olivia Rush.

Faughs also had two points from frees from their excellent midfielder and captain Catherine Costello who set the tempo throughout with midfield partner Jennifer O’Grady.

The Faughs’ defence were also well on top and coped superbly with the Crokes forwards threat. Kilmacud replied with two points but, just on half-time, following great team work, Faughs scored a brilliant hand-passed goal to lead 1-6 to 0-2 at half time.

Faughs started the second half well and player of the match Kerrie Finnegan scored another wonderful point.

For the next ten minutes Crokes had their best period, scoring 1-1. Faughs responded superbly and finished strongly with Catherine Costello scoring three further frees and two 45s.

It marked a special occasion for Faughs though they do have plenty of links to camogie success. The club took on the code in 2000 at their base in Terenure and Templeogue when they amalgamated with Celtic camogie club.

Celtic was formed in 1929 in Coolock, winning 14 Dublin senior titles with a four in a row in the 70s and, most recently, in 1997. By that stage, while training in Phoenix Park, they had no home of their own and so, at the behest of Faughs and Limerick’s Eamonn Rea, Gus Brennan and Paddy O’Brien, Celtic decided to move out to Tymon Park and merge with Faughs hurling club.

Their juvenile section was formed in 2003 and now field two camogie teams from Under-16 to Under-8 level.

2014 saw the debut of a second senior team and also a first time to field a minor team; now, they field three adult teams and have a top tier side to look up to.

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