| 12.7°C Dublin

Motoring Fox Cabs earn their trip to final destination

WALLY GALVIN was on the scoreboard at Lawless Memorial Park. He was busy. Foxrock Cabinteely were in the mood for dancing in the Tesco Senior Championship semi-final.

Wally was on the Dublin management ticket that steered the Dubs to All-Ireland Junior Championship glory back in 1989. They beat Clare after a replay.

The Fox Cabs will be heading for Parnell Park to play Na Fianna for the Michael Murphy Cup. Na Fianna are the champs. It's the first senior final for the fabulous Foxes.

They brought the polish to Swords. They won comfortably in the end. A tidy crowd looked on from the bank on a lovely summer's evening.

Fingallians hadn't the best of luck. They hit the frame a few times, but their biggest blow came after just five minutes when Dublin forward Amy McGuinness limped off injured.

Yet it was hard to curtail the brilliance and pace of the visitors. Their movement was excellent. Their inter-passing was top-of-the-range, and there was no doubting their fitness.

Their centre half-forward, Fiona Claffey, was on the toes for the hour. Sinead Goldrick was her usual presence, and the midfield maestro, Marla Candon, was pulling more strings than the RTé Concert Orchestra.

Anne Marie Murphy scored a hat-trick of goals. She hit two in the first half, enabling the Fox Cabs to lead by 2-7 to 0-5 as they unwrapped the Kit Kats. Anne Marie's opening goal at the score-board end came in the first minute. Her second arrived on 19 minutes. Amy Ring's sweet side-footed point concluded the first-half scoring.

Anne Marie completed her hat-trick from the spot three minutes into the second period. Anne Marie's spot kick was like velvet.

The hosts staged a revival effort, but the Fox Cabs finished on the up.

Dublin minor, Emma McDonagh, came off the bench and lofted over three charming points. Soon, their mini-bus would be heading home along the M50, another major milestone having been achieved.