Kilmacud's silver now turns gold
The match was over. The little girl was well wrapped up against the winter chill. She had the happiest face in Abbotstown.
"Rachel Noctor is my teacher," the little girl beamed to all who were heading for the car park.
Kilmacud Crokes had just won the Dublin Senior 2 Camogie Championship final, overcoming St Oliver Plunkett/Eoghan Ruadh, 1-7 to 0-4.
It was a night in which you wouldn't put a cat out. It was wet and there was a bitter wind that would have sliced a batch loaf.
But a big crowd left their sitting rooms. The little programme quickly disappeared. But the kindly Gerry McGough pulled one from the hat.
The game was played on the all-weather. Under the bulbs. The sliotar never stopped dancing along the carpet.
Crokes defended so well. They had to. Plunkett's applied much pressure. The Navan Road side knocked long and hard on the Glenalbyn hall door.
At midfield, Aisling Carolan and Gaby Couch brought such drive to their effort. In attack, Ciara Carolan looked menacing every time she got possession. She plucked one high ball down from the raindrops.
Eadaoin O'Herlihy was excellent at the back for Kilmacud. When it mattered most, Maria Erin O'Hurley made a vital interception, while Ciara Jones was tidy and sure in goal.
The only goal came early. Five minutes in and Crokes full-forward, Julia Buckley, steered the sliotar inside the right hand post at the road end.
Kilmacud led 1-4 to 0-3 at half-time. Plunkett's struck a couple of nuggets. From the sticks of Laoise Quinn and Rebecca Keating. From out on the right.
Sorcha Meagher converted two frees for Crokes before the interval, and one immediately after it. The rain began to fall. Plunkett's had much of the play in that second half as they sought to reduce the gap. The game had ticked into added time when the second score of the half came - a free from Plunkett's Ella Carr - 1-5 to 0-4.
But deep in injury-time, Crokes added two more points from Sinéad O'Donoghoe and Emer O'Rafferty.
It was time to get out the gold table cloth at Silver Park.