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Victors Vins book dream 'Boden date

A CHERISHED and worthy semi-final victory for St Vincent's. Now they'll meet the champions, Ballyboden St Enda's, in the OZO Dublin Senior 1 Camogie Championship final.

Vins beat Na Fianna 2-12 to 0-5 at Páirc Naomh Uinsionn. On All-Ireland Hurling final replay morning, Shane Dalton, from the class of '83, was managing Vincent's.

On the far line was Heffo hero, Paddy O'Reilly. Paddy's daughter, Ciara, manages Na Fianna. Paddy is a mentor with the side. The Dublin boss, Denis Murphy, was in the audience.

The surface was in excellent order. The railing around the pitch adds to the stage. There was a cracking atmosphere.

The home centre half-back, Aoife Cullen, is still the best lighthouse keeper in town. Vins also had an All-Star on board, Eimear Brannigan, who made a telling impact when she was called from the bench in the first half.

The Mobhi side had the quick feet of Muireann O'Gorman in attack. The former Vincent's player, Ciara Berkeley, was their leading scorer with four points, three from frees.

Aisling Maher was the Vincent's top-teller with 1-5, two points from play. She caused the visitors plenty of problems in the first half.

There was a tricky breeze. It blew across the field but it favoured the hosts in the opening period as they attacked the car park end.

They led by 0-5 to 0-2 at half-time, but the locals were worried. Vins should have had more to show in their post office account.

The Glasnevin girls did press on the restart, but the Vincent's defending was top drawer. And they became sharper up front.

Carol-Anne Canning struck a tasty point. Her Dad, Paddy, was looking on.

On 47 minutes came the critical goal. Maher's free from the left headed for the hall door. There was a bit of a scramble, but the brilliant Brannigan made sure it went through the letter box.

The Dublin All-Ireland-winning captain was the chief architect for the second goal which arrived in injury-time in the pouring rain. Eimear slipped the sliotar to Maher and the net danced the Scottish Polka. Ali Maguire (3 frees), Aine Fanning, Kate McCarry and Eva Marie Elliott had also enhanced the Vincent's tally. And just before the charge of the Blue Brigade to the Jones's Road, word came through on Firhouse FM that 'Boden had beaten Isles in the other semi.

It should be a good one.


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