Foxrock ready for the final frontier

by James Hendicott
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FOXROCK Cabinteely are looking to establish a legacy as they face into their first All-Ireland ladies’ football final at Parnell Park this weekend.
Founded in 2005, the relatively new club has enjoyed a meteoric rise, moving successively closer to the national title over the last few seasons.
Fox-Cab face Donaghmoyne with the Monaghan side having been their downfall at the semi-final stage last year.
“We know a bit about them from last time,” captain Sarah Brophy told GazetteSport. “They’ve played a similar way for years and they’re still winning.
“It was quite defensive when we played them and a lot of their games are quite low scoring. That’s what we’re expecting this time. It will be whoever wants it more on the day. There’s not much between teams at this level, and it’s going to come down to inches.”
She added: “It hurt to lose to them last year. But it’s been incremental progress for us, winning the All-Ireland at junior level, then getting Leinster, then the semi-final. This year it’s the final. Hopefully that extra little bit of experience will come through.
“We’ll try to focus on ourselves. I think if you concentrate on your own game plan, you get better. Obviously, there are some players we’ll make plans for but individuals don’t win games. You have to play the team and Donaghmoyne are very good throughout the side.”
Looking back at their impressive semi-final win against Mayo side Carnacon at the semi-final stage, Brophy recalled: “I think a few people thought ‘uh oh’ when we got the sin bin in the second half, but it seemed to drive us on, and we really brought it home from there.
“We’re a small squad and we had a few people struggling a little with niggles after the semi-final, but everyone’s going to be fit.
“We have to give it everything every game. Our approach will be ‘it’s just another game’, but we have to go for it every time we cross the line. The level’s so high, all the way from playing in Dublin early in the season up through to now.
“These things go in cycles and we’ve been on top for a few years. We have some great young players coming through, too, but it’s important to take your chances.”
Brophy is also pleased that her side can enjoy the relative home comforts of Parnell Park.
“It’s great that it’s in Dublin and we know the pitch.
“We’ve had to play our home games in Bray, I think because Kilbogget Park doesn’t allow for charging entry. It’ll be good to be back in Dublin for the big one.”
Foxrock Cabinteely host Monaghan side and reigning All-Ireland champions Donaghmoyne at 2.45pm at Parnell Park on Sunday, December 4.

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