Fabulous Foxrock-Cabinteely deliver fantastic five in a row

by Cóilín Duffy

Foxrock-Cabinteely fixed their eyes on Leinster silverware once more, and delivered in tremendous fashion to deliver their fifth provincial Senior title, at Coralstown-Kinnegad GAA Club in Westmeath on Sunday, winning 4-7 to 1-7.

It follows their fifth Dublin title on the bounce after an extra-time win over Kilmacud Crokes at Parnell Park.

Fox-Cab have since powered through Leinster, and once more delivered on the provincial stage, with goals key to this victory.

Peter Clarke’s charges found the net on three occasions, and also added points before Sarsfields got off the marks.

Indeed, a quartet of first-half goals provided the basis for this win, with Foxrock-Cabinteely only scoring two points in the second half.

They may have been minus Dublin stars Sinead Goldrick and Niamh Collins but, as Collins told Dublin Gazette last week, Foxrock-Cabinteely possess a huge strength in-depth.

Once again, this panel effort came to the fore, with a mix of young and experienced talent all stepping up to the plate.

“We know Sarsfields so well and we knew it was going to be a battle,” Foxrock-Cabinteely captain Amy Connolly said.

“We’ve played them a few times and we just knew if we got a good start, we’d put ourselves into a good position just to control the game then.

“Thank God we did get those two early goals, because that was the difference in the end.

“Peter Clarke has always said that everyone is replaceable.

“No matter what your name is, we still have someone to fill in. It’s horrible to see the likes of Sinead injured and Niamh, who was unable to play today.

“It’s hard going into a match thinking that we’re missing them, but at the same time we know we’ve such a strength in depth in our squad and our subs, and all the young girls coming up.”

Foxrock-Cabinteely pushed the Laois outfit from the off, and inside three minutes found the net through Jodi Egan and Katie McNally, providing a strong basis for victory.

Aisling Murphy and Connolly took some fine points, before Hannah O’Neill delivered Foxrock-Cabinteely’s third goal.

One wouldn’t have blamed Sarsfields for panicking at this juncture. But these clubs have a rich recent history of playing against each other, and when Meaghan Dunne added the Laois sides opening point, it had a settling effect.

Aisling Murphy cancelled out this effort, but soon Sarsfields found a goal of their own, with Leah Tarpey finding the net for the Mountmellick outfit.

Sarsfields continued to build, with points from Alison McEvoy and Dunne cutting the gap, but then disaster struck, as Murphy found the net, and Foxrock-Cabinteely moved 4-4 to 1-3 ahead at the break.

On the restart, Sarsfields were far more resilient.

Amy Ring and Lorna O’Sullivan swapped points, but while Sarsfields pressed hard, they were unable to find the second goal they craved.

Midfielder Joyce Dunne was sin-binned for Sarsfields, with Andrea Murphy pointing what was subsequently Foxrock-Cabinteely’s final score of the game on 40 minutes.

Laura Marie Maher, Leah Tarpey and O’Sullivan all delivered points, but Foxrock-Cabinteely stood firm for victory.

An away All-Ireland semi-final, likely at a Galway venue now awaits Foxrock-Cabinteely on Sunday, November 10 with Galway and Connacht champions Kilkerrin-Clonberne providing the opposition.

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