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The Kilcoole side who defeated An Tóchar on Sunday evening in Roundwood, clinching the league title in doing so.

The Kilcoole side who defeated An Tóchar on Sunday evening in Roundwood, clinching the league title in doing so.

Kilcoole’s Megan Quigley is pursued by An Tóchar’s Ruth Ireland.

Kilcoole’s Megan Quigley is pursued by An Tóchar’s Ruth Ireland.

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The Kilcoole side who defeated An Tóchar on Sunday evening in Roundwood, clinching the league title in doing so.

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A late Charlotte Nagle goal secured the win for Kilcoole over a strong An Tóchar side as they were crowned Division 4 League Champions on Sunday night. John Byrne’s side went the entire campaign unbeaten in what was his club’s first ladies team in over 12 years.

An Tóchar started the game off on the front foot and early points from full-forward Abby Magee and midfielder Hannah Kelly gave the home side the advantage in the opening minutes. Kilcoole replied through a couple of points from sharpshooter Aoife Keddy to get her side back in the game.

An Tóchar added to their tally with two excellent goals from the dangerous Ella Lawless and Abby Magee to stretch their advantage heading into half time.

Kilcoole pressed late on in the first half to try and decrease An Tóchar’s lead but goalkeeper Theresa Molloy made some outstanding saves to deny both Taylor Brandon and Angie Prendergast from close range. Aoife Keddy’s wonderful solo goal was the perfect reply for the away side and further points through Grace Murphy and Megan Quigley sent Kilcoole into the break four points down.

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Kilcoole came out like a team of real champions for the second half with captain Holly Martin pivotal to stopping An Tóchar on the attack. Kilcoole scored two quick fire goals in the second period courtesy of Taylor Brandon and Aoife Keddy as well as a point from the boot of Charlotte Nagle gave Kilcoole a slim advantage over the home side.

Niamh Gorman’s introduction at half time for An Tóchar gave her side a needed boost and she added two points from play during the second period.

With just two points between the sides heading into the final stages, An Tóchar were awarded a penalty when Caoimhe Fagan was fouled by Kilcoole goalkeeper, Naoimi Meakin.

Abby Magee stood up and sent the ball high over the crossbar to put a point between the sides.

Just as Kilcoole might have been feeling the nerves with An Tóchar growing into the game, the away side broke up the pitch quickly and Lucy Rooney’s ball found Charlotte Nagle who fired the ball into the back of the net to seal the win for the Kilcoole.

Substitute Robyn Evans added a further two points in injury time to bring silverware back to Kilcoole.

Kilcoole: Naoimi Meakin; Grace Drumgoole, Chloe Byrne, Lucy Toomey; Grace Murphy (0-1), Holly Martin, Ciara McLeavey; Lucy Rooney, Megan Quigley (0-1); Aoife Keddy (2-3), Charlotte Nagle (1-1), Kayla Devlin; Robyn Rooney, Taylor Brandon (1-1), Angie Prendergast. Subs: Ella Mackey for Robyn Rooney (40), Robyn Evans (0-2) for Kayla Devlin (45).

An Tochar: Theresa Molloy; Tess Ryle, Sinead Doyle, Shauna Murtagh; Sally O’Toole, Rosie McAuley, Orla Kenny (0-1); Hannah Kelly (0-1), Eva Doyle; Ella Lawless (1-0), Caoimhe Fagan (0-1), Aimee Byrne; Alannah McHugh, Abby Magee (1-4), Jackie Nolan. Subs: Niamh Gorman (0-2) for Aimee Byrne.


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