Joey’s five final run ended by perfect win

by Gazette Reporter
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AFTER five final defeats, St Joseph’s College, Lucan finally clinched the Minor A championship title, beating Our Lady’s Terenure on Monday.
Emma Morris got the Lucan side off the mark when she pounced for an early goal after Rebecca Flanagan drove a quick ball into the square.
But they did not have it all their own way. Sinead Hussey and Amber Finnegan responded with well-taken points for Our Lady’s. Caoimhe Morris was next to latch-on to a dangerous Joey’s attack, when she struck for goal, showing the instincts of a fine full-forward.
Our Lady’s were battling to get into the game, but Joeys’ defensive unit of Lauren Dawson, Laura Lawless and Laura Sharkey, supported by half-backs Emma-Kate Carroll, Siofra Byrne and Ali Dunne, all outstanding throughout, kept them at bay.
A further Caoimhe Morris point and two pointed frees from Aoife Dunne gave Joeys a seven-point lead at the break.
Joeys’ captain Laura Quinn burst out of the second-half blocks with two superb points to strengthen their lead. Jennifer Hanrahan pulled back a goal with a stunning solo effort.
An Ali Dunne shot from distance bounced over the bar to restore her team’s seven-point lead before Emily O’Brien struck between the posts from a 45 for the Terenure side.
Despite the best efforts of Our Lady’s, however, Leah Concannon-Murray in the Joeys’ goal ensured there would be no comeback with some vital blocks and clearances.
Ashling Smyth, Maria Kelly and Lauren Hanlon fought hard to keep possession in the middle third.
Laura Quinn showed her eagerness to get her hands on the cup when she burst through two tackles and fired an unstoppable shot to the net to put the result beyond doubt, and added two excellent points shortly thereafter.
Joeys’ large crowd of supporters spilled onto the field on hearing the final whistle to join the players in celebrating their historic win.

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