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Clondalkin step up to the plate

A battle-hardened performance in last week's Towns Plate Final saw Clondalkin finish the season just as the started it -- claiming silverware when they defeated North Kildare 24-19.

It was a first for Clon' in the oldest Plate competition in Ireland and the victory provided a fitting end to what has been one of the greatest seasons in the club's history.

Despite easily defeating the Kildare side in recent meetings, however, the Gordon Park side had to work for the victory.

In fact, the large Clon' support had to endure a very tense finale as the first team did their best Bear Grylls impression to survive a late North Kildare siege.

"I just want to thanks all the players," said Clondalkin captain Dan Fitzpatrick. "It has been a long, hard year and this is due reward. It is a great felling to lift this plate. It makes all the hard work worth it.

"The players really deserve it. We started the season winning the Paul Caffrey Cup, a cup really close to our hearts, and we finished with this win. We are a club going forward and the young lads here will break records and claim medals on a yearly basis."