ST SYLVESTER'S were toasting another success in the championship after a 1-15 to 2-8 win over Parnells at Parnell Park on Friday.
After defeating Maurs in the junior decider twelve months back, Brian Sullivan's team surpassed themselves with Niamh McEvoy giving a tour-deforce display in the middle of the park. McEvoy's namesake and Dublin team-mate, Niamh McEvoy was missing for Parnells on the night but overall the Coolock team had their hands full against a slick Sylvesters team who in their last 23 championship outings have only been beaten twice. Sylvesters marquee forward Sinead Aherne found the back of the net on 15 minutes as Syls went in at half time leading 1-8 to 0-3. But Parnells clawed their way back into contention with Sinead Cumiskey firing over a series of frees.
That put just five points between the sides with ten minutes to go with the first of two goals from Caitriona Foley keeping the pressure on. However, Sylvesters didn't lose their nerve with Aherne, Nicole Owens and Emma Owens firing over the insurance points before Foley struck for a consolation goal in injury time. And speaking on Sunday, Sullivan paid tribute to his girls as they look forward to their maiden season at senior level in 2013. 'We have nine girls playing at inter-county level at various levels and for the girls on the senior team it was tough on them after going to Kerry in the championship. 'But we had two sessions last week and by Wednesday they were buzzing again.
'I think the strength of this current squad is that the younger girls are now starting to mature and they're developing a good understanding with the older girls. 'I though Louise Ryan who is still under-16 had a great game at centre forward.' Nonetheless Sullivan admitted that Senior football will be a big step up for the girls next year. 'A few of our more established players will be away for a year so it will be a case of trying to attract some new players in the new year.' Sylvesters next big game is fixed for September 16th when they are due to take on the Louth County champions at Broomfield in the opening round of the provincial championship.