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Magic Maggies take giant step

IT has been a wonderful year for St Margaret's ladies football. Their senior side has continued to grow from strength to strength and that progress was confirmed last week with a brilliant win against near neighbours St Maur's in Division 3 of the Dublin league.

Both sides came into the game unbeaten so it was always going to be a tight affair. The winner would take a giant step towards promotion to Division 3.

Maur's started strongly and a goal in the opening minutes from Jane Butterly put them in the driving seat. Suzanne Campbell hit back for Maggies with a powerful shot that went in via the crossbar.

It gave her side a 1-6 to 1-5 half-time lead. Emma Colgan, a member of the Dublin U14 side which contested the All-Ireland final, was introduced and she belied her tender age with 1-2 which gave Margaret's the initiative in the second period.

Still Maur's refused to give in and Olivia Leonard scored a wonderful goal from a free to bring them back into the game.

However, the winner's defence was in inspirational form and Megan McKeon at full-back was the pick of the bunch as they held out for a memorable 2-11 to 2-6 win.

There has been further pride in the club with the involvement of Emma Colgan and Muireann Ní Scanaill starring for the Dublin U14 side. Indeed, Muireann was the captain of the side.

Emma's sister, Lorna, is also a member of the Dublin U16 panel who play Kerry in the All-Ireland final this coming Saturday. What a year for the Colgan family, as both girls have captured provincial silverware for the mantlepiece with their Leinster winners' medals.


p The County Board will meet tonight at 7.30pm in Parnell Park.

p The Dublin Ladies Gaelic office will open tomorrow and all correspondence and emails to the County Secretary should be sent there from that date onward. Details sent to clubs.

p The six All-Ireland tickets for each club will be available for collection at the County Board meeting.

p Well done to the Dublin senior team on reaching the TG4 All-Ireland SFC semi-final. Report and pictures on the website. We wish Noelle Comyn a speedy recovery from injury.

p To allow the senior team prepare for the semi-final, all tomorrow's Div 1 & Div 2 league games are postponed, except Kilmacud Crokes v Lucan Sarsfield. Cup games can be played. The Dublin Championship semi-final replay, Ballyboden St Enda's v Na Fianna will take place in Ballyboden with a throw-in time of 7pm. Extra time, etc will be played to decide this game as per Co Board decision.

p Best wishes to the Dublin U16s who play Kerry in the All-Ireland final on Saturday. 21st August in Páirc Chiaráin, Athlone. Throw-in at 3.45pm. All support welcome.

p Good luck too to the Dublin Senior 'B' v Kerry in the next round of the Aisling McGing Cup on Sunday. Throw-in at 2pm in Ballyboden St Enda's.

p And not forgetting the men as the senior footballers and the U21 hurlers play in their All-Ireland semi finals -- good luck lads.

p And finally, Cavan is preparing for the largest festival of music, song and dance with people gathering from all over the world for this immense cultural celebration. The 60th Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is set to be the largest ever as it returns to Cavan for the first time since 1954. Best wishes to the girls and lads from Dublin clubs who are competing.