Mearnog claim close Feile final from Cuala

by Staff Reporter

Dublin Ladies Feile D4
Naomh Mearnog 1-9
Cuala 3-1

NAOMH Mearnog won the closest of the Feile finals last Sunday at St Peregrine’s home base Blakestown in Dublin 15 when a late goal ultimately saw them over the line against southside oponnents Cuala in the Dublin Ladies Football Feile Division 4 final.

Cuala got off to a flyer after Sinead Wild drew first blood of the match with a point, which was quickly followed by a goal as the Hyde Road side took a strong early lead.

But the Portmarnock side fought back and got their first score of the game with a point from Ciara Holland who followed this up with her second from a free just moments later.

Two more pointed frees for Naomh Mearnog from Holland again brought the sides level, annulling Cuala’s good start to the tie, making it 0-4 to 1-1 at the break.

And they hit the front for the first time with the first point of the second half, only for Cuala’s Orlagh Doyle to make a great run and score her side’s second goal.

The gap was brought back to one point when Leah McElroy scored a point for Naomh Mearnog as the very tight game did not show any sign of a clear winner. The sides drew level once again with another pointed free from Ciara Holland.

Naomh Mearnog made a great run and had a good chance in front of the goal but the Cuala backs played well to keep them from scoring but Naomh Mearnog did not let up.

Yet again, Holland was on the mark with another point to bring her team back into the lead and she doubled the difference soon after with precious little time remaining.

But a late goal from Cuala’s Orlagh Doyle saw the pendulum swing once more. And, in a game that had plenty of twists and turns, the drama did not let up when Naomh Mearnog scored their first goal and they were back ahead by two points just as the final whistle blew.

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