Tuesday 25 October 2016

Dublin Féile Family are the toast of the town

AS they say, the sliotar doesn't fall far from the tree. Claire Clinton hit 1-1 as St Vincent's (inset) won the Dublin Féile Division 2 final at O'Toole Park, overcoming Ballinteer St John's, 2-1 to 1-0.

Claire is a cousin of the former St Vincent's and Dublin stylist, Patricia Clinton. The Marino side were ahead at the interval, 1-1 to 1-0, with Claire getting their opening point and then adding a goal from a sixth minute free from wide on the left at the road end.

Six minutes later, Belen Swords arrowed in a shot from the right for the hard-working Marlay club. Belen would collect the Player-of-the-Match accolade.

Hectic stuff after the oranges. Ballinteer didn't lack possession. They just couldn't find the golden key.

And five minutes from time came the telling goal as Zara Ryan eventually edged the ball in amid the heavy traffic.

Yet, in the first final of the day, Ballinteer's 'B' team took the Division 5 crown, defeating Ballyboden 'B'. Naomh Bríd were also celebrating as they secured the Division 4 prize against Lucan 'B'.

Almost 800 girls took part in the festival. It began with the Feile Skills final which Hanna Clarke of Round Tower, Clondalkin won.

Hanna received the Kay Timmins Cup, which honours one of the sport's best loved officials. Kay's daugher, Patricia, the All-Ireland winning Dub, presented the trophy.

That was held at Kilmacud Crokes, and Dublin supremo, Pat Martin, paid tribute to Crokes and all the officials, referees, O'Toole Park and the host clubs - Ballyboden, Skerries Harps, Naomh Maur and Naomh Olaf.

The kettle was always on the boil. They did the county proud.

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