Foxrock Cabinteely celebrate their success. Picture: GAAPics.com

A WEEK on from being crowned Dublin senior ladies football champions, Foxrock Cabinteely manager Pat Rice is on a high after his side’s absolutely dominating performance in the final.
The Foxrock side hammered St Brigid’s 3-10 to 2-1 in the final last Sunday in Parnell Park. The margin of victory was reduced by two Brigid’s goals late in the second half after the score at half-time was 1-7 to 0-1 in Rice’s sides favour.
“We’re very pleased and proud,” was his reply when asked for his reaction to being crowned Dublin champions. “We’re particularly proud in how we won the game. It was probably our best performance of the year, I mean we’ve had two or three really outstanding performances this year, but the players seemed to save their best for the championship final.”
But did the manner of victory surprise the Foxrock boss? “It did to be honest,” he said. “You could see that some of our players were quite nervous going into it but I suppose once they got on the field they just settled almost immediately.
“But we probably did expect more from Brigid’s. I mean we’ve have had some right battles with them throughout recent times and they’ve some great players, but I think our girls were just on the absolute top of their game.”
Foxrock Cabinteely won the championship in 2012, but missed out on the knock-out stages the following year before losing to Na Fianna in the 2014 final. This victory was aided by the massive influence Cabo’s inter-county stars have on the panel, with Amy Connolly, Hannah Noonan and in particular Sinead Goldrick performing yet again when it really matters.
Goldrick was named player of the match as Dublin were crowned Leinster champions just weeks ago, and she glittered again here.
“I think everyone knows at this stage knows that Sinead is just a marvellous footballer,” said Rice of his star. “She’s carried her brilliant county form straight back to club level and she was wonderful against Brigid’s. But I think the most pleasing thing was our team performance. We really did dominate all aspects of play all over the pitch, everyone was outstanding.”
The season is far from over for Rice’s side, however, with a couple of massive fixtures on the horizon. “We’ve still got a couple of league games left, we’re top of the table so obviously we want to stay up there,” he said.

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