| 4.6°C Dublin


DUBLIN were as sharp as the Coolock climate on the Parnell's all-weather yesterday.

The home-town hero, Lindsay Peat, hit a hat-trick of goals.

She would have had two more only for the heroics of goalkeeper, Serena Hannon.

Serena made seven significant saves. And she did plenty of other good things as well.

The traffic was all flowing in her direction. It seemed non-stop. There was a post-Christmas hunger in the Jackies.

Carla Rowe played at left corner-back. In the first half she ran the length of Leopardstown Raceourse to get on the end of a pass. And when she got the ball, she calmly popped it over the bar.

The Dub Stars did create some chances in either half. But the Dublin 'keeper, Ciara Trant, had little action to keep her warm.


The Dub Stars manager, Fintan O'Curry, kept encouraging all the while. Even deep in the second half.

The players responded. They ticked on a pocket of nice scores, but it was just so hard to live to Dublin's overall fitness and zest.

Dublin boss, Gregory McGonigle, highlighted the contribution of two of his defenders, Muireann Ní Scanaill and Olwen Carey.

"They both gave serious performances. Olwen was marking Orlagh Egan, who was probably the best forward I saw in the Dublin Senior Championship last year," stated Gregory.

"We'll take a lot of positives from the game. It was nice to get out a good dry day in December.


"We are missing a few girls from last year's panel, but there is wonderful talent in Dublin. We are carrying a bigger squad this year with 50 players between seniors and under-21s."

It was 3-5 to 0-1 at the interval. Peat's left-footer to the right corner brought her first goal on nine minutes.

Her dipping effort gave her second goal, and two minutes before the break, Lyndsey Davey produced the third.

Noelle Healy enjoyed a sparkling second half. She scored the fourth goal on 44 minutes. Peat knocked in her hat-trick from close-range on 56 minutes before two minutes from time, Healy added her second.

SCORERS - Dublin: L Peat 3-2, N Healy 2-1, L Davey 1-1, C Rowe 0-5 (3F), N McEvoy 0-2, N Owens 0-2, S McCaffrey, K Flood 0-1 each. Dub Stars: O Egan 0-2 (1F), F Claffey, A Nolan, A O'Grady 0-1 each.

DUBLIN: C Trant; M Ni Scannaill, S Furlong, K Murray; O Carey, S Finnegan, C Rowe; N McEvoy, S McCaffrey; N Healy, L Davey, O Leonard; N Owens, L Peat, K Flood. Subs used: M McGrath, S Woods, L Mullins, A Curran, K Fitzgibbon, E Ní Éafa.

DUB STARS: S Hannon; A Barrett, L Caffrey, N Mohan; P Green, A Marie McBarron, G Barrett; L Collins, C O'Riordan; A Connolly, M Davoren, E Rutledge; O White, F Claffey, O Egan. Subs used: A Nolan, C Purdy, A O'Grady, N Keane, M Moore.

REF: Derek McKittrick (Fingallians).