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Lucan and Jude's Coolock Classic

THE famous five in-a-row for Lucan Sarsfields.

"Not even Cody could do that," quipped the Lucan faithful at Parnell's last Sunday afternoon.

They had just beaten St Jude's in a pulsating 'We Are Dublin' Minor 'A' Championship final.

The climate was Baltic in Coolock. The game was played on the all-weather surface.

There was a Christmas Market going on in the car park.

Not even Manchester City could buy Orla Beagan.

Orla received the Player of the Match award.

She wore the number eight jersey. She did much of her best work in defence.

She also contributed four frees. And they all added up as the Sars took the crown, 3-9 to 3-5.

The Jude's goalkeeper, Faye McCarthy, also excelled. Her puckouts were reaching the Cooley Mountains. She landed a monster free. She also made the save of th match on 22 minutes when she foiled Laura Morrissey.

The Templeogue centre half-back, Hannah Hegarty, had a commanding presence.

In the opening half, Jude's had the stiff breeze which blew into the village end. They led at the turn, 2-3 to 1-4. Lucan had more of the play thereafter, but it was only in the last chapter that they sprinted for home.

It was Nadia Power who scored the first two goals for the Tymon club.

Her first one came on 21 minutes, and her second arrived just before the break following a delivery from Caragh Dawson.

Six minutes earlier, Amber O'Connor's palmed goal had levelled the contest for the first and only time.

Two minutes into the second period, the impressive Morrissey rattled the cobwebs to put Lucan ahead.

Beagan and Laura O'Mahoney added points, but the accurate Aoife Molloy replied with a free.

With eight minutes left, Lucan just led by two points. Then they struck for three quick points from Sam Fitzgerald, Morrissey and Beagan.

Molloy sent over her third free of the day for Jude's to bring it back to four points.

On full-time, Beagan's pass saw Morrissey produce her second goal.

Yet still, the Saints kept going. And deep in stoppage time, Hannah Begley flicked in a goal.

Stirring stuff.


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