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Artist Aoife's golden goals are priceless


St Oliver Plunkett/Eoghan Ruadh celebrate winning the Senior 2 championship

St Oliver Plunkett/Eoghan Ruadh celebrate winning the Senior 2 championship

St Oliver Plunkett/Eoghan Ruadh celebrate winning the Senior 2 championship

Bugler's brilliance lit up the Abbotstown Auditorium on Sunday. As St Oliver Plunkett/ER won the 'We Are Dublin' Senior 2 Championship crown.

Aoife scored one of the goals of the season. Her other two goals weren't half bad either.

Early on, she missed a point by an inch. Finding a yard of space wide on the right at the Ball Wall end, her curling effort would have deserved a white flag.

Plunkett's deserved the win - 4-8 to 3-8 against a Cuala side that made the game very interesting.

Aisling Carolan was majestic at number six. Her sister, Ciara, also excelled. Particularly in the second half, when she made a valuable impact in and around the engine room.

The Plunkett's midfielder Jody Couch did many fine things, and corner-forward Rebecca Keating won the Player-Of-the-Match accolade.

The sun was shining on the National Sports HQ. The match was being live-streamed. Rob Harnett and Barbara Grennell were in the commentary box. Viewers sent in messages from across the water, and from across the world, including Australia and Dubai.

When it came to the tea and biscuits, Plunkett's had the lead - 2-4 to 1-4. Jody Couch's long-distance strike brought the opening goal in the second minute.

On 21 minutes, Sinéad Wylde replied with a Cuala goal. And then came Bugler's first goal, three minutes before the break.


She moved at speed towards the posts from the left. There were defenders on her heels, but she waited for the precise moment to drill the ball on the bounce to the sack.

Her second goal nearly took the slates off the roof. Only two minutes gone in the second period. Aoife's connection was perfect and powerful as the sliotar danced on the ceiling.

Two goals in it now. Wylde hit three unanswered points for Cuala. The Carolans then struck points before Bugler pounced to complete her hat-trick, three minutes from time.

That looked to be that. But Wylde converted a penalty in added time, and then, in deepest injury time, Cuala got a third goal when Blaithin Lane's 45 was flicked in.

Two points between them now. And still the band played on. Until Bugler struck the last note. A sweet point. From the most cultured of players.