JOELENNE HOARY was as sharp as a tack at Páirc Uí Mhurchú on Sunday afternoon as Dublin defeated Cavan in the All-Ireland Junior Championship, 8-7 to 3-5.
Hoary cracked in four goals, three in the second half after the Dubs led at the break, 3-5 to 1-3. Dublin deserved the victory. They were the more accomplished and powerful side.
It was their second win over Cavan this term. They overcame the Breffni Belles on their way to the Division 4 League title.
The hosts had aces in Claire Rigney, Niamh Drummond and Emma Flanagan. And in the damp conditions, Dublin went quickly about their work, leading by 3-4 to a point inside the opening 20 minutes following goals from Lisa Berkeley, Hoary and Flanagan.
Early in the second period, Hoary scored two goals in a minute, while the other majors came from Mikaela Dunne, Hoary and Berkeley.
Cavan's first goal came from the penalty spot from their competent full-back, Jenny O'Rourke. Grainne Power and Roisín O'Keefe also rattled the Firhouse net.
Cavan came more into the game following the interval, and their midfielder and captain, Rosie Crowe, was one of the best players on the pitch.
Earlier at the Boden base, Galway beat Dublin in the All-Ireland U16A Championship, while in the All-Ireland Senior Championship, Wexford proved too formidable for the Blues in Wexford Park.
Next Saturday, Dublin welcome Clare in their last group game in the senior championship. Dublin chief, Denis Murphy, is appealing for a big support to shout the Dubs home to victory.