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Clontarf and St Margaret's on target for Féile success

A SIX-STAR production in Parnell Park on Sunday for the Dublin Ladies' Football Féile finals.

Tea and cake up in the press box, and a party, with music, down on the turf. The schedule ran with all the precision of the queen's visit.

And there was no lack of royalty over the weekend as 903 girls took part, 33 clubs, 41 teams, 17 referees, eight pitches and a trusty crew of officials.

A splendid programme was produced. Mearnóg/Syls hosted the action on Saturday before Patsy Kiernan, Noel Brady and company rolled out the blue carpet in Parnell Park on Sunday, complete with a star-spangled parade.

Hannah Conway sang the National Anthem with a voice that belonged in the Concert Hall.

"It was a fantastic weekend. It showed Team Dublin at its very best," declared Maureen King, chairman of the county board.

Clontarf 'B' were out of bed early for the cornflakes before the first game of the day on Sunday morning.

A blistering start earned them the Division 6 Féile prize.

They compiled 1-2 inside the opening six minutes to help them beat Foxrock Cabinteely 'C', 1-4 to 0-2.

Maya Brooks scored the golden goal, and Clontarf had other excellent offerings from Ciara Strutt and Alisha Maguire.

The Fox Cabs played with much gusto. And they had worthy donations from Alison Keane, Bea Jackson, Ellen O'Connor and Eva Griffith.

In the Division 5 final, Alex Shelly struck two goals as St Margaret's defeated Na Fianna 'B', 2-5 to 0-6.

The North County girls trailed at the break, 0-5 to 0-1.

But Shelly's two goals proved crucial.

"It's a tremendous achievement for the girls. They worked so hard. They deserved it," said Sarah Stritch.

"It's the first time a girls' team from St Margaret's had ever reached a Féile final, so it's a brilliant day for the club."

Aisling Gilligan and Caitlin Spratt made important contributions for the Saints.

Na Fianna kept on battling, and it made for a riveting second half.


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