Corofin led 1-5 to 0-2 at the break but the Dubliners took over in the second half and laid siege to the Corofin goal. The incessant pressure eventually told, with Donal O’Riordan leading by example.
O’Riordan scored 2-3, which broke the Corofin challenge, and in a welter of excitement they finished with three points to spare. The irony of their victory is that they were not the Dublin champions and they took the place of St. Michaels (Cork) in the premier grade. In such circumstances it was a great achievement to win the top title.
: St. Sylvester’s: D. O’Riordan 2-1; C. Burke 0-2; G. McArdle, B. Lavin, G. Sweeney 0-1 each. Corofin: R. Steede 1-3; N. Collins, A. Daly, E. Langan 0-1 each.
: J. Horan; A. Carney, F. Carney, M. Cassidy; K. Clarke, C. Fisher, A. Foy; G. Halley, S. Heffernan; C. Burke, B. Lavin, M. Maher; G. McArdle, G. McInerney, E. McLaverty.
: M. Woods, G. Sweeney, D. O’Riordan.
: E. MacDonnchadha; M. Canney, K. Cunningham, Adrian Molloy; Alan Molloy, C. Canney, P. Coen; R. Steede, E. Langan; E. Fleming, D. Burke, N. Collins; S. McDonagh, A. Daly, I. Burke.
: M. Ryan (Limerick).
ST. MICHAEL’S had a couple of points to prove after they were demoted to division two and after losing the hurling final in Cork a fortnight ago. Physically stronger, ideal for the prevailing conditions, they struck for their first goal after five minutes when Darragh Dunne crashed home from 12 metres out.
St. Pat’s should never have been faced such strong opposition and struggled to cope.
When Kevin Byrne’s shot deceived the Pat’s keeper for a second goal, the Cork champions went on to lead 2-1 to 0-1 at half-time.
Two early second half points consolidated Michael’s lead and, playing marvellous possession football, they put the issue beyond doubt with a third goal scored by Padraig Deasy.
Regrettably the winners took some of the gloss off their victory by spraying bottles of Coca-Cola in the direction of the dignitaries after the presentation of the cup.
: St. Michael’s: D. Dunne 1-2; K. Byrne, P. Deasy 1-0 each; K. Regan, D. O’Leary 0-2 each. St. Patrick’s: G. McMarlow 0-1.
: S. Daly; S. Hanlon, M. Ryan, L. Conway; CF. Russell, D. Healy, C. Hannon; K. Regan, D. Dunne; P. Deasy, E. Farrell, D. O’Leary; P. Bennett, K. Byrne, J. Daly.
: N. Power; C. Keane, J. Hughes, D. McDaid; G. Bourke; I. Storan, G. O’Shea; A. Kennedy, E. Kiely; D. Sheehan, C. McMarlow, J. Cross; E. Gallagher, B. Mullins, P. Reale.
THE Dublin girls produced a tremendous second half comeback come back to deny Corofin in a magnificent Division One final.
It looked to be going Corofin’s way with Lisa Leonard setting up her namesake Roisin for a goal which helped the Galway girls to a 1-3 to 0-1 half-time lead.
On the changeover, the Dublin girls peppered the Corofin goal and when Gemma McKechnie goaled it was game on, with Sarah Mee throwing the issue wide open with a second goal.
The Foxrock girls were rampant and Amy Connolly became their hero when her high ball dropped into the net over the head of the keeper for the winning score.
: Foxrock:A. Connolly 1-2; G. McKechnie, S. Mee 1-0 each. Corofin: L. Leonard 0-3; R. Leonard, T. Leonard 1-0 each.
: S. Flanagan; G. Killion, L. McNamara, O. Crossan; N. Collins, C. O’Rirodan, U. O’Grady; A. Connolly, A. Maguire; S. Mee, S. Loughran, P. Kealy; G. McKechnie, A. Mooney, H. Whyte.
: K. McHugh; A. Igoe, O. Newell, K. Hession, I. Burke, L. Ryder, A. Bodkin, L. Kelly, A. Newell, T. Leonard, L. Cullinane, R. Leonard, L. Leonard, K. Heverin, A. Burke.
WELL tutored in the skills of ladies football, Charlestown never looked like losing this Division Three girls’ final after early goals by Rosemary Doherty and Laura McManus and three excellent points by Deirdre Doherty; they led 2-3 to nil at the break.
St. Rynagh’s threatened briefly on the changeover thanks to an excellent goal by Eve Kennedy, but a finely tuned Charlestown side, superbly led by Deirdre Doherty, hit back with four unanswered points to fashion a thrilling victory.
: Charlestown: R. Doherty, S. Gallagher 1-2 each; D. Doherty 0-3 (frees); N. McLoughlin 0-1. St. Rynagh’s: E. Kennedy, J. Flannery 1-0 each; A. Heraghty 0-1.
: K. Finn; K. Murphy, C. Harrington, S. Dunleavy; D. Doherty, L. Lenehan, E. Cartwright; E. Doherty, S. Lenehan; R. Doherty, M. Tonra, C, Hanlon; McLoughlin, S. Gallagher, N. Curry.
: M. Hannon.
: S. Donohoe; N. Clancy, L. Daly, S. Dolan; T. Hough, J. Gardiner, M. Redmond; M. Kelly, C. Camon; D. Kelly, M. Corcoran, A. Heraghty; E. Kennedy, J. Flannery, L. McManus.
: S. Nagle.
: P. Molyneaux (Limerick).