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Crumlin eye up a treble!

CRUMLIN have a fan in the Dublin Ladies Football supremo, Paul McLoughlin.

"There's not many clubs who have won back-to-back championships. But Crumlin are one of them. It's a major achievement," declared Paul.

"Next year we'll be playing in the Junior C Championship. If we could win that, it would be the three-in-a-row," stated Jimbob Comerford.

Jimbob manages the side with Andrew Comerford, Paul Brogan and Colm Hennebry. The Tesco Dublin Junior D Championship crown is residing proudly in O'Toole Park.

It's been a remarkable journey for the squad, as Jimbob explains: "This season was our third championship final. That was quite surprising. Some of the girls only took up football three years ago.

FANTASTIC

"They have come a long way. And hard work has been the key. They put in a huge effort all year. They are a fantastic group."

Crumlin train and play their matches in Pearse Park. They hadn't much joy in the league or cup.

"To be fair, we said at the start of the year that the championship was our priority. And that is what really mattered to us," revealed Jimbob.

Crumlin showed their conviction in the final against Ranelagh Gales at the home of St Finian's in Newcastle where they produced a storming second half.

"We were two points down in the final. It was the same position we found ourselves in last year as well.

"But the girls came out after half-time to give a brilliant performance. They were super."

Keeva Fennelly's display summed up the mood of the side.

She was rewarded with the Player-of-the-Match accolade.

Catherine Knight was Captain Courageous, and every Crumlin player underlined the benefit of the hard winter training.

"We'll be in a higher grade now next year, but we'll give it a good bash," says Jimbob. And that's a promise that Crumlin are sure to keep.


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