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Ravens take flight in final to fend off defiant Whitehall

A cracking division 3 Féile final saw Fingal Ravens take the title after coming through a massive battle with Whitehall Colmcille 'A' at Blakestown on Sunday afternoon, 1-7 to 1-4.

Despite playing with the wind in the first half, Ravens actually went in a point behind at the break. Dangerous forwards Lorcan O'Brien and Cillian O'Rourke were always lively for the winners but superb defending from Whitehall kept them at bay.

At the other end, the Dublin 9 side had plenty of danger men of their own, and a goal from Michael Noonan ensured their 1-1 to 0-3 advantage at the turnaround.

But the winners were not to be down-heartened by failing to capitalise fully on the breeze and they soon hit the front.

O'Rourke found himself in space just minutes after the restart and he buried a goal to give his side the lead.

It provided the impetus that the North County Dublin men required and they duly kicked on. Dáire Sammon gave the perfect wing back display, bursting forward at every opportunity, sweeping up loose balls and defending diligently.

Brian Gleeson at midfield was another to catch the eye, putting in a tireless shift and fielding a mountain of balls. Jack Roberts and Sam Gill, meanwhile, were a constant thorn in their opponents' side as they linked up the play.

But there is no doubting the part Whitehall played in this one and their spirit is unquestionable having bounced back from an opening game defeat on Saturday to make it all the way to the final. Brendan Daly and Ciarán O'Connor were just two out of a number of gutsy and high-quality performers.

Manager Mick McGuinness was a proud man, even in defeat: "We are the only club to make it to two finals this weekend. The lads showed great character throughout."