O’Neill inspires Knock’s D15 Feile final fantasy

by Gazette Reporter

CASTLEKNOCK overcame local rivals St Brigid’s to claim the AIG division 2 ladies football Feile title last Sunday on a score line of 4-5 to 3-2.
At a sunny Blakestown Road, the capacity crowd were treated an exciting final with some fine displays of football befitting a trophy decider.
An Amelia Ryan free opened the scoring for Brigid’s in the first minute which was closely followed by an Ella Connolly point to give the Russell Park side the ideal start.
Shortly after, Emma Diamond’s 30 metre free was converted into a goal by Aishling O’Neill to put Castleknock ahead and commence a tit-for-tat exchange of scores.
Ryan soon set up Connolly for a well-taken goal and Brigid’s Aoife Reilly was also to find the back of the net.
In a tightly contested first half, where the balance of play, favoured neither side Castleknock relied on good industry from Lucy Quinn who combined well with O’Neill to keep pressure on Brigid’s with two further points from O’Neill in the opening period.
A Diamond free deceived the Brigid’s goalkeeper for another knock goal and a busy Quinn popped up again to score a goal to give Castleknock a narrow 3-3 to 3-2 lead going into the break.
The second half opened with Knock mirroring the Brigid’s first half start through points from Molly Tiernan and Eve McCann but it was the Somerton defence that were too the fore now.
Castleknock’s Aoife Bergin and Caoimhe Sawyer were kept busy dealing with the constant threat from Abby Littleton and Ella Connolly. Despite the best efforts of the Russell Park girls, they were unable to breach a solid Knock defence.
Net-minder Maya Golden was called into action as her goal area was showered with goal efforts but ultimately Brigid’s were to be kept scoreless.
Having scored her side’s first goal, O’Neill rounded off the scoring with her second goal to record a six point win and the local club’s second ladies football Feile title in recent years.

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