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Finian's Fab 14s in final win

THE Christmas lights came on early in Newcastle. St Finian's came home with the Tesco U14 Division 6 Championship title.

It was a remarkable success. There are 24 in the squad. It's their first year together. Many had never kicked a ball before.

Several of the players are still only U13. But they have shown a rapid improvement this season.

They were in the Division 5 league. They endured some handsome defeats, but they packed each lesson in their kitbags.

They beat Skerries Harps in the final. Harps had beaten Finian's by 11 points in the league.

The side is managed by Ciara Trant. She's the Dublin U21 goalkeeper. She is assisted by a trusty crew of parents.

Ciara's Cubs are now the pride of the village. And just like when she dons the goalkeeping gloves, herself and the Fab Fourteens are the perfect fit.