PAT RING predicted a hard afternoon at the office, and he was right. Foxrock Cabinteely had to go the distance to beat Laois queen-pins, Timahoe, in the Tesco Leinster Senior Championship on Sunday.
The Fox Cabs are managed by Gerry McGarry, Niall Callan, Paul Hamill and Pat. Gerry played in goal for Monaghan.
The Dubliners won after extra-time by 2-11 to 0-12. "Our fitness told in the end," noted Pat. "We scored six points to their one in the extra-time. It was such a huge test. Timahoe have vast experience. It was the overall team performance that got us through.
"The wonderful support we got from the club also played a significant part in the result. We had a big following there. It lifted the team. I'd also like to thank our committee for organising all the refreshments, etc."
The game was played at the home of Bray Emmet's. Victory earned the Dubs a home tie against the Louth champions, Stabannon Parnell's. "It was another bit of history for the club, winning our first senior match in Leinster. But we are learning all the time, both the players and the management," added Pat.
The Fox Cabs will have a busy time this weekend as they have no fewer than six teams in Dublin championship finals, from U12 to minor level. One of the players that has come up through the ranks is Olivia Crossan, outstanding at full-back. "She was the player-of-the-match. She gave such a wonderful display. We changed the team around a bit from the Dublin final. Amy Connolly, Fiona Claffey and Cara Cooke were particularly effective."
Cooke and Amy Ring got the crucial goals. Amy finished with a stunning 1-9 in the purse. Avril Kilkelly also contributed a vital point.
At half-time, Foxrock led by 1-3 to 0-5. It was 2-5 to 0-11 at full-time, and then came the heroic push for home.