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Sunday 23 September 2018

Super Dubs take home Mills Cup

Dublin 1-12 Kerry 0-6 (All-Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Final)

LEADING ROLE: Dublin’s Aoife Bugler who scored the only goal of yesterday’s All-Ireland Junior Premier final. Photo: SPORTSFILE
LEADING ROLE: Dublin’s Aoife Bugler who scored the only goal of yesterday’s All-Ireland Junior Premier final. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Molly Malone burst out over the Croke Park sound system. The Dublin choir in the Hogan Stand joined in.

There were blue ribbons were wrapped around the Kay Mills Cup. The Dublin captain, Emer Keenan, had a smile as wide as the Liffey.

Injury kept her on the bench. But on she came in injury-time to score the last point of the game. How sweet is that.

Team-work

Dublin were the most worthy of winners. They dominated possession. Their team-work was impressive. They took some tidy scores.

Kerry had some bright pockets. But the Dublin defence didn't give away a crumb.

The Kerry forwards were as tightly guarded as the Pope on his recent visit to Jones's Road.

Fourteen of the Kerry players come from the one club - Clanmaurice. They include the celebrated Patrice Diggin, the heartbeat of the side.

She got all but one of the Kerry points. Laura Collins got their only point from play. It came well into the second-half. And Dublin's name looked to be well on the trophy by then.

But they had to work for it. The Kerry full-back, Niamh Leen, is highly rated.

Dublin were first onto the pitch. The sun came out. They played into the Hill 16 end in the first half.

CHAMPIONS: Dublin’s Emer Keenan and Laoise Quinn celebrate following yesterday’s Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Championship final victory over Kerry at Croke Park. Photo: SPORTSFILE
CHAMPIONS: Dublin’s Emer Keenan and Laoise Quinn celebrate following yesterday’s Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Championship final victory over Kerry at Croke Park. Photo: SPORTSFILE

They were getting on plenty of ball. Creating chances. Settling into their task.

Determined to banish the disappointment of last year's final defeat to Westmeath.

The Dubs led by 1-6 to 0-2 at half-time. The full-forward, Aoife Bugler, got the goal in the 15th minute. A refined strike from a tight angle on the left into the right-hand pocket.

The cheer could be heard back on the Navan Road. Aoife had a superb match. She quickly followed her goal with an elegant point on the turn. Dublin were beginning to sail.

Dublin manager, Shane Plowman, stated that the goal proved a telling factor in the game.

"It took some of Kerry's energy away, and it gave us the chance to push forward and latch on a few points," he remarked.

The Dublin players celebrate with the Kahtleen Mills Cup. Photo: SPORTSFILE
The Dublin players celebrate with the Kahtleen Mills Cup. Photo: SPORTSFILE

"I thought Aoife had a tremendous match. And once she turned away from their full-back, there was only one place the ball was going to go."

Dublin produced the last five scores of the opening period. They included a fine point from Caragh Dawson, who was selected as the Player-of-the-Match.

The Dubs looked fit. They continued to cover every yard of the big stage.

Picking some pretty passes, running into space and turning possession to gold.

They hit three points from play in the second half. Off the sticks of Sinéad Wylde (2), and the skipper Emer Keenan.

Emer and vice-captain Deirdre Johnstone lifted the Kathleen Mills Cup - Kathleen who won 15 senior All-Irelands for the Dubs, how fitting.

Scorers - Dublin: A Bugler 1-3 (0-2f), A Dillon 0-3, S Wylde, L Quinn 0-2 each, C Dawson, E Keenan 0-1 each. Kerry: P Diggin 0-5 (5f), L Collins 0-1.

Dublin: K Kantounia; E O'Riordan, N Gleeson, S Murphy; E Barron, D Johnstone, C Ní Mhaolagain; H O'Dea, A Dooley; C Dawson, A Dillon, S Wylde; L Quinn, A Bugler, A Walsh. Subs: L O'Shea for Dillon (37), E Twomey for Dooley (55), L Walsh for Bugler (60), E Keenan for Walsh (62).

Kerry: A Fitzgerald; L Houlihan, N Leen, M Costello; A O'Connor, S Murphy, E Harrington; O Young, P Diggin; C Shanahan, L Collins, A Behan; J Fitzell, J Horgan, N Casey. Subs: R McCarthy for Harrington (inj, 24), E Ryall for O'Connor (40), A Whelan for Casey (45), K Buckley for Shanahan (55), J O'Keeffe for Ryall (57).

Referee: A Doheny (Laois).

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