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Pat's realise their promotion dream

ST PAT'S of Donabate made history as they qualified for next year's Dublin AFL Division 3 following their 2-9 to 1-8 win over Kilmacud Crokes in their AFL4 Promotion Final in Donabate on Sunday morning.

The win continues the North County club's progression through the ranks and is a huge boost to the club, according to team manager Adrian Henchy.

"It was a fantastic win for us. We were a bit nervous out there which is understandable as it was the biggest game in our history. We had brilliant support and to get promoted is a massive achievement for us," said Henchy.

The hosts were in the ascendancy from the early stages and a 10th-minute Daniel Corcoran goal gave them the perfect start against a Crokes side that enjoyed plenty of possession without matching it with scores.


Pat's were assisted by the solid defensive contributions of full-back and captain Brian Berrigan alongside Adam Darby and Leon Knight as they restricted Kilmacud to just three points in the opening half, while Corcoran added three points to ensure they enjoyed a healthy 1-5 to 0-3 interval lead.

That lead was stretched to six points soon after the break through a Corcoran free but Kilmacud fought back strongly through the efforts of Ciarán Sheehy, Shane Cunningham and Andrew Hopkins in particular.

Points followed from David Keogh, Adam Coughlan, Cunningham and Barry Brennan before Crokes closed the deficit to a point when Jeff Landers scrambled home a goal. Their momentum was stalled when Jeffie Corcoran made a crucial interception to feed Niall Collins for an emphatic finish and insurance points by John Lynders and Ciarán Stone saw St Pat's home.