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Fingallians captain Ciara Foley receives the Junior 1 Championship trophy from Jim Shanahan.

Fingallians captain Ciara Foley receives the Junior 1 Championship trophy from Jim Shanahan.

Fingallians joint manager Jean Kenny celebrates the win with her daughter, midfielder Aoife.

Fingallians joint manager Jean Kenny celebrates the win with her daughter, midfielder Aoife.

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Fingallians captain Ciara Foley receives the Junior 1 Championship trophy from Jim Shanahan.

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FINGALLIANS 1-15

NAOMH BARROG 0-9

The small ball revolution shows no sign of abating down in Lawless Park. Between the women and the men, final-day appearances have been commonplace for the last three seasons.

And yet Saturday’s win at the Trinity Sports pitches up in Santry broke new ground.

Established only 15 years ago, Fingallians captured the Junior Camogie title in only the club’s second year fielding a senior team.

Last season saw them fall just short against Raheny, but this time round they went all the way and with some distance to spare.

Running the line for Fingallians was long-time Fingallians stalwart Mick Kennedy and he had Jean Kenny on the line ably assisting him.

It was a special day for her as she got to celebrate victory with daughter Aoife Kenny who had a fine day in the middle of the field.

Aoife Kenny, along with Sarah Power, are the latest to have lined out at underage level for Dublin and the future looks good.

Collectively Fingallians have come a long away in the past 12 months and their maturity was there for all to see on Saturday.

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With the wind at their backs they crucially held firm in defence. Not conceding a goal was key and their defence was immense.

Their goalkeeper Clare Maxwell, never wilted under the high ball and her Player of the Match award was well deserved.

Niamh Crowley pushed her all the way for that accolade, and no one will forget Crowley’s contribution on the day.

Combining camogie with football, the dual player is another to wear the blue and navy. Some within the club think she can go all the way by representing Dublin at senior level and her goal was straight out of the top drawer and befitting of the occasion.

That said, Fingallians had to be patient before their making their move.

Barrog posted the first two points of the game through corner forward Lucy Murphy and free-taker Zoe Dalton before Crowley opened Fingallians’ account eight minutes into the game.

Kenny then took a pass from Power to level the scoring before Crowley sent over a free from half-way.

Fingallians made the big breakthrough on 18 minutes. Off a good spell of pressure, they eventually found the back of the net when Crowley delivered an unstoppable shot past the keeper.

A ‘45’ from Crowley brought their lead out to five, a gap they maintained thanks to scores from Sarah Smith and Power, the latter driving over from half-way following good foraging from Keelagh Gargan.

A point off a turnover from Crowley then gave Fins their biggest lead of the half, and despite a free from Dalton it was Fingallians who had the last say of the half, with Crowley driving over off a Barrog puckout to leave it 1-8 to 0-6 at the interval.

To their credit, Barrog made a good go of it in the third quarter, with Dalton proving very accurate and the deficit was back to two points with 10 minutes gone.

However from thereonin it was all Fingallians, with the introduction of Emma Jones up front seeing them dominate the last quarter and Crowley registering five terrific points in that second half.

Fingallians: Clare Maxwell, Lauren McCormack, Clodagh Carroll, Ellen Kirwan, Ciara Foley, Aoife Grimes, Ciara O Grady, Aoife Kenny 0-1 Sarah Power 0-1, Sarah Smith 0-1, Niamh Crowley 1-10 (3f, 0-1 45’), Aoife Foley, Abi McKeating, Keelagh Gargan, Hannan Griffith 0-1. Subs: Eabha Barrett for Ciara Foley, Emma Jones 0-1 for Sarah Smith, Caoilainn Foley for Aoife Foley.


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