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Clontarf Champions of Leinster!   03/11/2018

Leinster Intermediate Club Championship Final


FT Score

Clontarf 5-13 (28)

Naomh Ciaran 2-8 (14)


Clontarf have been crowned the Intermediate club champions of Leinster following a comprehensive 14 point victory over Naomh Ciaran of Offaly, played before a large crowd this afternoon in Ashbourne.

Dublin minor panellist, Caoimhe O’Connor was in splendid form with the dashing forward finishing the game as top scorer with an impressive personal tally of 3-02. Her performance earned her the POTM award. Former soccer international Siobhan Killeen who was part of the Dublin senior panel this season, was also in fine form for Clontarf finishing the game with 1-6. Tara Fitzgibbon will also be pleased with her performance contributing 1-01 to Clontarf's overall tally.

Naomh Ciarán to their credit competed well with Clontarf in the opening half of the game. At the interval, the Dublin champions took a 2-7 to 1-5 lead into the dressing room with Kate Kenny registering a crucial goal for the Offaly champions just before the break to keep her side within touching distance of their opponents.

However, goals win games and Clontarf's ability to raise the green flag on five occasions was an instrumental factor in the Leinster Intermediate club returning to the Capital for the first time since 2014. On that occasion, Kilmacud Crokes overcame the challenge of Sarsfields of Kildare to be crowned champions.

Clontarf will now look forward to a meeting with the winner of the Connacht Intermediate Final, either St. Brendan's (Galway) or Westport (Mayo) in the All Ireland Semi Final.


Clontarf: Carrie O'Connor, Heather Bolger, Katie Murray, Elaine Plunkett, Hannah McLaughlin, Grace Reilly, Becky Walsh, Sarah Fagan (0-01), Niamh Hetherton (0-02), Kate Fitzgibbon, Tara Fitzgibbon (1-01), Fiona Skelly, Siobhan Killeen (1-06), Caoimhe O'Connor (3-02), Aoibhe Bell (0-01).

Subs: Sarah Murphy  (C) for Skelly, Margaret Mohan for Bell, Aoife Crowley for T. Fitzgibbon, Caroline Roban for Fagan.


Naomh Ciarán: Emma Bracken, Anna Grehan, Roisin Ennis, Avril Spain, Eimear Flynn, Emer Nally, Roisin Cockram, Amy Gavin Mangan (0-01), Emma Maher, Clodagh McCormack, Roisin Egan (0-01), Lorraine Keena, Ellee McEvoy (C,1-00), Kate Kenny (1-05), Aoife Corbett.

Subs: Shauna Heffernan for McCormack, Nicole Buckley for Cockram, Zoe Tighe for Corbett, Karen Pillion for Spain, Kaitlyn Rigney for Kenny.


Ref: Kevin Phelan (Laois)





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