Davis battle all the way with Isles

by James Hendicott

Thomas Davis found the pace of Erin’s Isles’ Shannon Russell too hot to handle in the ladies football Feile Division 3 final at IT Blanchardstown on Sunday morning, with the Erin’s Isle half-forward hitting more than half the points in a 6-5 to 2-4 win for the Finglas side.

Nonetheless, it was a superb weekend for the Tallaght club.

Davis had come out on top in their group on Saturday with tight wins over Whitehall Colmcille, St Finian’s and St Maur’s.

But in the final their opponents hit the net almost straight from the off, with Kate Watson scrambling home a team move that created the space for her to push in from close range.

Thomas Davis found space to break clear through at the other end, but couldn’t find a finish, slotting just wide.

Erin’s Isle went for the jugular soon after. Russell found herself free to hammer home and establish a nine point lead, and it was Russell again who added a third goal, her second, as she charged in from the byline and beat Faye O’Neill at her near post. Erin’s Isle had hit 12, and Davis were yet to find the mark.

Davis were able to hit back before halftime, with Shauna Tighe scrambling the ball home from close range, before Jade Riordan beat several players to net, and then added a point for good measure. Oddly, with the half time scores at 3-4 to 2-1, the two sides had scored in two entirely separate blocks of attacking dominance.

Riordan hit the first point of the second half for Davis, but immediately saw but Isles replied straightaway with a fortuitous goal before Shaunagh Delany added a point to extend the Finglas club’s lead.

Davis were unable to cope with Russell, and it was her break and finish – for a hat-trick – that put the game beyond doubt.

Once she got momentum, she was difficult to deny, and while Riordan was having a similar impact at the other end, Lauren Quane in the Erin’s Isle goal was often her match.

Russell and Watson combined again, for Watson to grab her second from a through ball late on, finishing things off. attacking display.

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