It was a case of five not out for Lucan Sarsfields Minor Camogie stars as they won their fifth A championship on Sunday in an absorbing game against St Jude’s.
The final took place at a sunny but bitterly cold Parnells GAA club, with the level of camogie on show providing some relief to the temperature. Judes began the game with the wind on their backs and registered early points through Emear O’Riordan as well as a piledriving effort from goalkeeper Faye McCarthy. Jude’s continued their good play and soon registered another point through Aoife Molly and a goal from Nadine Power which came either side of two Lucan points, left the score at 1-03 to 0-2 in the Templeogue sides favour at the 20th minute mark.
As the first half drew to a close, the Lucan ladies hit back through a goal from Amber O’Connor and points from Laura Morrissey, which many thought would give the reigning champions a one-point lead going into the break.
That was until Nadine Power managed her second goal of the game to give her side a two-point lead at half-time of what was proving to be an excellent final.
Sarsfields flew out of the traps after the restart and Morrissey had the ball in the net just 60 seconds into the half. Orla Beagan and Morrissey quickly registered more points before Aisling Molloy struck over for Judes from a free. Lucan were intent on a strong finish however and further points the sensational Beagan along with Laura O’Mahoney were followed by a late goal from Niamh Power created a seven-point lead going into the closing stages.
Jude’s managed a late goal themselves via Hanna Begley but it was not enough to stop Sarsfields claiming their fifth win in a row in this competition.
Lucan manager Dave Keenan spoke to GazetteSport on the achievement. “Obviously we’re all really delighted”, he said. “To win five-in-row is fantastic. Prior to the game we tried to be quite low-key and not build it up as potentially five-in-a-row, but it is a big achievement.”
Keenan has been involved in all five ‘A’ Championship victories for Lucan in the past five years, but has been fully in charge for the last three.
The victorious coach paid tribute to the side’s captain, who missed the final.
“We were missing our skipper Anne-Marie Courtney, who was a big loss but the girls rallied round and put in a magnificent performance in a real tense final”.