Thursday 12 December 2019

Dillon hits top gear as Ide wrap up All-Ireland

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

EIBHLIS DILLON led the way for Abbeyfeale's Colaiste Ide agus Iosef as they claimed the U-19 'A' All-Ireland title at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.

The Limerick side held off an attempted fight-back from Clontarf's Holy Faith to secure the much-coveted crown by 59-42.

Dillon got the scoreboard moving early on with two fine shots from outside, before Tina Mangan extended Colaiste Ide's lead to eight. Sarah McCaffrey got Clontarf off the mark, but Dillon kept driving her side on to a 16-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.

That trend continued until half-time, with Dillon and Sorcha McNulty doing the damage as Ide led 43-21 at the midway point. Dillon kept up the pressure with a three-pointer as Ide extended their lead to 23 points in the third quarter, but Enya Brady responded with three of her own, before Aoibhinn Byrne reduced the lead further.

But the Dubliners could not get close enough and Abbeyfeale closed it out.

Earlier, Glanmire Community College brought the U-16 'B' All-Ireland title back to Cork after holding off a determined St Patrick's Academy, Dungannon to win 33-30.

Holly Herlihy scored almost half her side's points to earn the MVP award in a dominant display. The Leesiders led 20-13 at half-time, while Jessica Quirke kept the opposition at arm's length after half-time, despite the best efforts of St Patrick's Kathleen Rafferty.

But Ciara O'Shea gave Glanmire some breathing space, before Niamh Gormley's calm shooting clinched the victory.

Emma Delea won the MVP award as Pres, Ballyphehane won the U-19 'B' girls title with a hard-fought 46-40 over St Patrick's Academy, who endured a second heartbreaking defeat of the day.

Pormarnock CC saw off the challenge of Mount Anville 50-37 to bag the U-19 'C' title. Megan Connolly netted 14 of their points as the northsiders held off their rivals second-half comeback to claim the victory.

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