Monday 22 January 2018

crokes enjoy super sunday

Old friends deliver a fab Féile feast in absorbing tussle

PEREGRINE'S proved perfect hosts. A big crowd arrived for the top-of-the-bill act.

High Noon on the Blakestown Road. A sizzling Southside derby.

Crokes took the prize, defeating Ballyboden by 0-8 to 0-3.

Paul Flanagan was the man in the middle. The mentors shook hands before the game.

When a substitute was entering the field, they carried a baton to give to the player coming off.

Little touches that create the magic of Feile.

It was 15 minutes each way.

Kilmacud's 'keeper, Sally Neavyn, made some telling saves.

Sarah McAuley excelled in defence - all weekend long.

The Crokes attack had quite a cutting edge to it.

The Glenalbyn club had a brisk start. A Meadbh O'Gorman point within the first seconds.

They led at the break by two points to no reply. Their second point came from Kate O'Connor.

Grace Kos struck a gem two minutes into the second period, and another point from the excellent O'Connor had Crokes holding the car keys.

Katie McDonald's free, four minutes into the second period, instilled a slice of belief in the Firhouse side.

They began to see more of the ball. But they faced a formidable Pairc de Burca back door.

The elegant Kos almost added to the Kilmacud tally following a surging run before Anna Geraghty kicked their fifth point.

McDonald replied with her second free with five minutes left. Boden were buzzing.

Hannah Murphy's free saw them trail by just two points. Two minutes on the watch. The match was dancing.

Boden pressed forward. Anything could happen. A goal could have snatched it.

Not an eye left the stage. Nobody was leaving the building. Not even Elvis.

Then, with two minutes left, Cassie Sultan won the ball brilliantly to the left of the posts and passed to Sinead O'Shea, who made it a three-point game.

Kilmacud had got their second wind. Two points from Aoife Taafe made sure.

Next stop McDonald's of Stillorgan. Strawberry Sundae's all-round.

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