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Cabs clock Castle scalp



THERE was just no stopping the Fox Cab Express in Parnell Park on Sunday afternoon.

They lifted the Everbuild and Tesco Division 1 Dublin Féile Championship with buckets of panache.

The trophy honours the memory of the talented young Templeogue Synge Street player, Emma Jones.

It was the complete performance from the Kilbogget Queens. Total football, and no mistake.

They were so slick in possession, moving the ball with accuracy and pace. Their awareness of one another was among the most impressive features of the victory.

Another was their willingness to battle for every crumb. If they lost possession, they spared nothing in getting back.

Early in the match, full-back Robyn Magennis, summed up their conviction. She was defending the scoreboard end.

The cultured Castleknock full-forward, Claire Murray, had possession. Robyn was on hot her heels. The ball spilled. A terrific duel between the duo took place.

Eventually, Robyn won out as she gathered the ball and drove it up-field to a big Southside roar. The Fox Cabs were on the attack again.

And that's the tempo they maintained all through. They never paused for breath. It was hard work for Castleknock.

But it wasn't all clockwork for the Fox Cabs.

"We had a tough day on Saturday. Kilmacud Crokes beat us in the Group stage," revealed Donnough Shaffrey. "But the girls were brilliant in the final. We made a nice start. And it's wonderful for them because they have been together for seven or eight years now."


Imelda Callaghan added that the crisps and coke were on hold out in Seapoint Rugby Club. "It's a great day for this squad, and indeed for the club," said Imelda.

It was 1-8 to 0-1 at half-time. Castleknock's Murray registered the first point. And it was her colleague, Emma Ivers, who recorded the game's final score.

But in between, it was Foxrock Cabinteely who were writing the script. And it was all poetry.

Points from Tarah O'Sullivan, Rachel Mahon, Amy Donnelly, Hannah O'Neill and Ellen Curran had them 0-5 to 0-1 ahead when Mahon combined with Donnelly to set up Doireann Shaffrey for a picture goal in the seventh minute; 1-5 in seven minutes. Hectic stuff.

Further points from Curran, O'Neill and Donnelly added to the Fox Cabs first-half tally.

Twenty seconds into the second half, O'Neill hit the second goal, closely followed by the third from Lauren Hanney.

Castleknock kept at it. Katie Hogan had to be alert in the Foxrock porch. She made a couple of fine stops, the best of them coming when she denied Murray.

"It was a fantastic display by all the girls, but I thought Megan Duffy was outstanding. I made her my player-of-the-match. I'm a selector with the Dublin under-14s and we'll now have to consider her," reflected Imelda Callaghan.

The Fox Cabs already have five players with the Dublin 14s. On this evidence, they might have a few more.

FOXROCK CABINTEELY (Squad): K Hogan; A Egan, R Magennis, C Healy, C Dawson, M Duffy, E Matthews, L Synnott, E Curran (0-2), H O'Neill (1-2, 0-1f), T O'Sullivan (0-1), L Hanney (1-0), D Shaffrey (1-0), A Donnelly (0-2), R Mahon (0-1), H Higgins, C McGuirk, E Murphy, E Fitzgerald, E Murphy, K Minihan, C Hamill, E Reidy, C Lenihan.

CASTLEKNOCK (Squad): K Galvin; C Doherty, E Kiernan, E Doyle, E Roche, L Mullins, L Hanlon, S Byrne, A Kennedy, N Rafferty, E Ivers (0-1), E Finney, J Galvin, C Murray (0-1), S Dwyer, C O'Driscoll, C McKenna, L Cullan, E Farrell, A Whelan, N Mulroney, M O'Neil, C Hughes, S Murphy.