Gaels write famous Feile West side story

by Gazette Reporter
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Zeta Hemeryck produced an outstanding individual display at IT Blanchardstown on Sunday to help Westmanstown Gaels land the AIG Dublin Feile Division Five title at the expense of Ballyboden St Enda’s ‘B’.

Hemeryck amassed a personal haul of 2-4 from centre-forward. Boden forged a spirited attempt at a comeback in the second half but they couldn’t stem the tide of the Westmanstown girls who ultimately finished with 13 points to spare.

Westmanstown enjoyed home advantage during the group stages of the competition a day earlier, where they locked horns with Boden. This was preceded by encounters against Foxrock/Cabinteely B and St Mary’s Saggart for both teams, with two wins apiece in those games making their eventual meeting a race for top spot in Group A.

An eight-point success (0-9 to 0-1) for Westmanstown set-up a penultimate round showdown with Man-O-War, while Boden aimed to bounce back in their last-four clash against Robert Emmet’s.

After they advanced to the final with flying colours, the scene was set for a renewal of acquaintances.

However, following a whirlwind opening, Westmanstown effectively left ‘Boden with too much ground to make up. An early free by Hemeryck set the wheels in motion.

Westmanstown were camped inside the Boden half during the early exchanges, with a strong breeze making life difficult for their Pairc Ui Murchu counterparts. The rampant Hemeryck rattled the net in the third-minute after she intercepted a short kick-out and she repeated the trick at the end of another memorable run.

Ballyboden were already facing into a sizeable deficit (2-2 to 0-0), with Westmanstown showing no signs of fatigue. Sophie Tynan released some of the scoring burden off Hemeryck with a neat point on nine minutes.

The Westmanstown outfit held onto their nine-point buffer into the break with some stout defending. While there was potentially a way back into the reckoning for Boden, it was Gaels who drew first blood on the resumption.

Hemeryck once again discovered a gap to kick another magnificent point from play. Boden finally opened their account through a pointed Karyn Burke free in the 18th-minute and a goalmouth scramble almost led to a morale-boosting goal moments later.

They couldn’t break down a Westmanstown defence that was marshalled by the likes of Caoimhe Howard, Sinead Farrell and Aoife Connolly, however, and the outcome was soon placed beyond doubt.

Lia Cronin’s speculative effort at a right-hand angle drifted into the roof of the Boden net and made for an unassailable gap.

Hemeryck completed a wonderful afternoon for Westmanstown with a fine point on the half-hour mark to complete the win.

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