Ladies football: Boss Cooke hails goal hero Sullivan

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St Sylvester’s Malahide 1-6

Castlebar Mitchels 0-7


St Sylvester’s manager Anthony Cooke praised the heroics of Dublin star Kate Sullivan after her early goal paved the way for a first ever All-Ireland Intermediate title for the south Dublin club.

Sullivan broke from midfield to finish the crucial score after just 10 seconds, and despite a battling display in the second half from Castlebar Mitchels, it was St Sylvester’s who were crowned champions at Duggan Park in Ballinasloe.

“Kate’s been brilliant all season,” said Cooke. “Hopefully we’ll see a lot of her in the Dublin jersey this season, she’s been in and out of the team the last few years, since she’s come back into the club this year she’s just been phenomenal.  

“Her pace is something else but she has that finishing quality as well. 

“To be honest, it wasn’t something we’d worked on but Kate obviously won that throw.”

St Sylvester’s were brilliant right from the off, and Sullivan (right) finished low to Fiona McLoughlin’s bottom right corner.

A couple of Dublin team-mates, Nicole Owens and Sinéad Aherne piled on the pressure, and St Sylvester’s were 1-2 to no score in front at the water break.

But Grainne Flynn (two) and Kathryn Sullivan fired back and just the goal separated the sides at the half-time interval where St Sylvester’s were 1-3 to 0-3 ahead.

29 January 2022; Craig Dias of Kilmacud Crokes celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during the AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Semi-Final match between Pádraig Pearses, Roscommon, and Kilmacud Crokes, Dublin, at Kingspan Breffni in Cavan. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Both of these teams were featuring in their first All-Ireland final and Calstebar were looking to become the first Mayo team to ever win this crown, it was the team from the west that began the second half better.

Laura Brody scored in the 32nd minute but Dublin captain Aherne settled her side again and they were 1-4 to 0-6 ahead at the last water break.

Grainne Flynn did draw the sides level with nine minutes of normal time remaining but Aherne and Niamh Harney sealed the win for St Sylvester’s.

“I’m extremely proud of our effort,” said Castlebar Mitchels manager Fintan Keane.  

17 March 2009; Kilmacud Crokes captain Johnny Magee, holding his daughter Eabha, lifts the Andy Merrigan Cup after the game. AIB All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship Final, Crossmaglen Rangers, Co. Armagh v Kilmacud Croke, Dublin. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

“I felt we had it there when we drew level seven each after being four points down at one stage from that start which we knew they’d do. 

“When you lose that narrow it’s heartbreaking.

“We were playing the All-Ireland champions today.”

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