Five-star Clontarf sweep their way to Leinster final glory

by Gazette Reporter
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Clontarf have been crowned intermediate club champions of Leinster following a comprehensive 14-point victory over Naomh Ciaran of Offaly, played before a large crowd in Ashbourne.

Dublin minor panellist Caoimhe O’Connor was in splendid form with the dashing forward finishing the game as top scorer with an impressive personal tally of 3-2.

Her performance earned her the player of the match award.

Former soccer international Siobhan Killeen, who was part of the Dublin senior panel this season, was also in fine form for Clontarf finishing the game with 1-6.

Tara Fitzgibbon will also be pleased with her performance contributing 1-1 to Clontarf’s overall tally.

Naomh Ciarán, to their credit, competed well with Clontarf in the opening half.

At the interval, the Dublin champions took a 2-7 to 1-5 lead into the dressing room with Kate Kenny registering a crucial goal for the Offaly champions just before the half-time break to keep her side within touching distance of their opponents to keep it competitive.

However, goals win games and Clontarf’s ability to raise the green flag on five occasions was an instrumental factor in the Leinster Intermediate club returning to the capital for the first time since 2014.

On that occasion, Kilmacud Crokes overcame the challenge of Sarsfields of Kildare to be crowned champions.
Clontarf will now look forward to a meeting with the winner of the Connacht Intermediate Final, either St Brendan’s (Galway) or Westport (Mayo) in the All Ireland semi final.

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