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Dalton taking defeat on chin

IT was in 2007 that St Vincent's last won the Dublin chalice. They mightn't have to wait too long more.

They'll take many positives from Sunday's rip-roaring duel that matched the All-Ireland final for intensity and charm.

"We had a good season and it was nice to get to the final, but at the same time it's disappointing that we have no trophy to show for it," summed up Vins manager, Shane Dalton, whose managerial colleagues are Tom Clancy, Eddie Glackin, Mark Kirwan and Brian Ladden.

"We began well. We had a real purpose in the first half and we had them under pressure. But 'Boden were beginning to come back into it.

"They were on top in the second half and we went something like 40 minutes without scoring. We only scored one point in the second half, so we have no complaints."

Eimear Brannigan got the St Vincent's goal on 20 minutes, but their next score didn't arrive till Aisling Jordan's point in the 55th minute.

"Boden are worthy champions. They are such a strong outfit. And I hope they go on now and do well in Leinster," added Dalton.

"I'd love to see them win it. They have been close in recent times. It would be a great boost for the game, and we'll be supporting them all the way."