ST Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh swept to the Division 6 Ladies Football Feile title with a controlled final victory over O’Dwyer’s at Blakestown last Sunday, capping a superb weekend.
They were powered by the excellent Alison Burke and her jinking skills while Gaby Couch, Ann McSweeney and Katie Dolan all chipped in with the scores to see them home in style.
For O’Dwyer’s, they hung in the tie early on but were unable to break out often enough in the face of wave after wave of Plunkett’s attacks.
As such, there were only two points in the difference at half-time despite the Ashtown club bossing matters. Gaby Couch – one of a pair of twins in the side, lining out with her sister Jody, got her side off the mark in the second minute.
But, for the most part, they found it difficult to build on that early lead as the O’Dwyer’s goalkeeper Bolu Abiru kept out a number of big chances while her kick-outs were also long enough to provide some respite. Dolan popped over a free to double the lead at half-time at 0-2 to no score.
Any hopes the Balbriggan girls had of turning the tide in the second half were dashed early on. Dolan added a monster point within seconds of the turnaround that landed on the top of the goal.
Burke subsequently ran at the heart of the O’Dwyer’s defence before popping over the fourth point, quickly followed by a classy fifth score as her pace and balance proved too hot to handle.
Dolan’s second free stretched the lead to six points and she was only denied a goal by Abiru amid a goalmouth scramble. Erin Healy led the charge for O’Dwyer’s, breaking out of defence at pace but they were unable to break through from their fleeting chances.
Plunkett’s could not miss, meanwhile, and closed out the tie with Ann McSweeney and Burke on the mark to run up an impressive victory.