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Fab Fins lift first league!

WELCOME is the best cheer. They raised the roof for Fingallians at Lawless Memorial Park.

They returned to Swords with the Division 1 League title. They had done the business, and in some style, over in Páirc Uí Mhurchú.

It was history for Fingallians. They had never won the prize before. The wait was worth every second.

"We have been a long time on the road – players, mentors, supporters. We have had so many bad days. This makes up for it all," said Fins manager, Paschal Barnwall.

"It was fantastic going home with the cup. We are all just delighted.

"It was a terrific achievement by the girls."

Fins beat Boden to lift the chalice.

"Everything seemed to go right on the night. They hit the bar. If that had gone in, things could have been different," admitted Paschal.

"But it all came together for us. We had a nice lead at half-time and we just pushed on from there."

But Fins weren't slow in taking down the balloons. They must prepare now for their home senior championship semi-final against the same opposition next week.

"That will be a totally different game. Boden are a top side. The league result will have no bearing on that," states Paschal.

He runs the team with Gerry Greene, Joe O'Reilly, Alan Hanrahan and James Costello. Costello's training sessions are as sharp as a tack.

"We were pleased that we remained unbeaten in the league," continued Paschal.

"Division 1 is such a high standard. We treated each game like a cup final.

"And it really was the old saying of taking one game at a time. That's just the way it is. We have enjoyed the league win, but that's over now."

Fins have a talented squad with five senior Dubs and three county minors.

But Paschal knows better than anyone that despite how things look on paper, hard work on grass is the only currency that counts.