St Joseph’s School won the Dublin Post-Primary Schools Junior A championship final last week when they defeated Colaiste Iosagain of Stillorgan at St Brigid’s club grounds at Russell Park.
The close match was finally decide on a scoreline of 2-9 to 3-4 and sees St Joseph’s progess to the All-Ireland schools quarter-final against St Coombe’s of Galway on February 8.
Having progressed from a very tough group by winning all of their matches against Iosagain, the side they played in the final, St McDara’s of Templeogue and Our Lady’s of Terenure, St Joseph’s progressed to the final after a win in the semi-final against St Dominic’s of Cabra.
The final proved a close match, with the game ebbing and flowing for the whole match, with seldom more than a goal between the two sides throughout.
The first half was lit up by Ciara Casey, who scored a goal with a well-taken claim on the edge of the square which she finished with aplomb, but her major was answered almost immediately as Iosagain played a fast counter-attacking game which saw them go in at the break a point ahead, 2-2 to 1-4.
The second half provided St Joseph’s with their platform for victory when they scored a goal and three points in the opening minutes. The goal came when corner forward Nicole Fitzgibbon hit the ball on the volley from a long-range free, and their points came from Casey, Laura O’Mahoney and Dawn Fitzgerald.
However, Iosagain goaled straight away once more to reduce the arrears, but further points from O’Mahoney kept Joseph’s ahead to eventually claim the title.
Speaking to GazetteSport, their teacher and coach, Dave Kirwan, said: “They won the same competition last year, the first time they had ever won and it was great to retain the title.
“There are leaders all around the pitch. Some of the girls have played on the senior team as well, experience that has stood to them. They have great character, and led when the team needed a boost throughout the game.
“It is a great occasion for the school to win the championship in Dublin, a lot of work goes into it, and it means a lot to the girls,” said Kirwan.