A strong Dublin panel that included local players Sinead Collins and Amy Conroy from Round Tower, Clondalkin recorded another resounding victory against Cavan in Ashbourne recently to secure themselves a place in the All-Ireland Under-16 final this weekend.
The dominant and free-scoring team, who had already amassed a huge tally of points on their route to the semi-final, again claimed a decisive 29-point win, in spite of failing to catch fire in the first half.
There were six changes to the team that lined out for the Leinster final, most notably Round Tower’s Conroy coming in at wing forward and more than justifying her inclusion with an impressive 2-3 from play.
Rachel Talbot scored the opening point of the game for Cavan. Moments later Dublin’s Conroy scored their first of the game and levelled the score, and Dublin established a pressure game that shut Cavan down until the second half.
Dublin dominated the first half but couldn’t get the scores on the board, although they were five points ahead at half time. This margin could have been less, however, but when Cavan were through on goal just before half time, roving corner-forward Ellen Curran got in a block to save a certain goal.
The second half saw Cavan start the stronger, with an immediate hold on possession and a good push from the forward lines. However, some good blocks from the Dublin backs kept them from scoring.
The half proved more prolific for Dublin, with Emma Colgan and Amy Conroy bagging two goals each.
Fox-Cab’s Hannah O’Neill was introduced and made some great runs earning herself a goal and a point for her efforts.
Crokes girl Mia Jennings was also introduced early on in the second half and opened up play with her darting runs and passing.
Cavan were unable to break down Dublin’s solid defending notably from St Jude’s Hannah Hegarty and Fox-Cab’s Ciara Crotty at full back.