Dublin JFC1 ‘Club’ final
St Mark’S delivered a dominant final-quarter performance when edging Geraldine P Morans by 0-10 to 1-5 in their Go-Ahead Dublin Junior 1 Club Football Championship final at O’Toole Park on Sunday morning.
The Tallaght outfit trailed by three points with 15 minutes remaining but crucially they found their rhythm to kick five scores in succession, with the impact from the bench proving pivotal, a view shared by St Mark’s manager Fran McCann.
“It was a very intense match and we didn’t really play as well as we could, but we managed to get going in the final quarter.
“They were very well organised, but I think we played into their hands a little bit.
“I thought that all the lads that we introduced did really well, and you are always hoping that you can get some kind of impact from your substitutes.
“We started to move the ball very well and took our chances when they came, and we’re just delighted to have come out with the win,” said McCann.
Cian Moonan proved central to the St Mark’s win as he kicked their two final scores and another substitute, Aaron Jacob, was equally involved.
David Kearns played a key role for the winners, especially when redeployed from centre-forward to midfield, where he secured a wealth of primary possession, while the evergreen Danny McCann delivered another exceptional performance from wing-back.
For Geraldine P Moran, it proved a case of missed opportunities as they never made much of an impression in attack, despite the sharpness of Dan Hussey at corner-forward and the boost given by Donal McEnery’s goal in the third quarter.
Their full-back line of Luke O’Connor, Conor Ring and Karol Guerin performed admirably throughout.
“It was a disappointing day for us and we never really got going in the game,” was the assessment of Geraldine P Moran manager Johnny Magee.
“It was a scrappy old game and I thought that we were a bit naive and that we probably lacked a bit of experience when we really needed it.
“We had some good opportunities to take our points, but possibly chose the wrong option and we brought the ball into contact too much.
“I suppose the frustrating aspect from our perspective is that we put ourselves in a position to win the game but we just lacked that final pass.
“Naturally, we are disappointed but I’m certain that we will bounce back from this setback and appreciate in time what a good year we have had.
“We had two objectives at the start of this campaign which was to gain promotion to Intermediate football and also win the Junior 1 Football Championship, and we managed to achieve the first one.
“We have made great progress, not just this year but over the past number of years, and that is important given where we are located between two massive clubs in Cuala and Kilmacud Crokes and also Foxrock Cabinteely on the Ladies Football side of things.
“Sunday was undoubtedly a setback in terms of the result but we can’t forget how far we have come in such a short space of time.
“We have Intermediate Football to look forward to for next year and the hard work starts now,” added the former Dublin defender.
St Mark’s Panel: Martin Kavanagh, Gary Kett, Conor Hurley, Dean Kavanagh, Daniel McCann, Joseph Cannon, Graham Whelan, Shane Galvin, Luke Doyle, David Glynn, David Kearns, Robert Glynn, Patrick Murphy, Wayne Crosbie, Jamie Phillips, Mark O’Meara, Eoin Doyle, Aaron Jacob, Cian Moonan, Robert Kenny,
Geraldine P Moran Panel: Cormac McCabe, Luke O’Connor, Conor Ring, Karol Guerin, Thomas Ryan, Craig Scollard, David Lavelle, Richie Barrett, Cormac McDonald, James Moffatt, Liam Tyrrell, Jamie Blake Holmes, Paul O’Connor, Donal McEnery, Dan Hussey.