Brave Dubs put it up to West­meath

Fingal Independent - - SPORT - BY RORY KERR

AL­THOUGH crest­fallen on the pitch at the end, Dublin’s Pre­mier Ju­niors could stand tall fol­low­ing Sun­day’s nar­row four-point de­feat to West­meath in Croke Park.

Just two scores would sep­a­rate the two sides in the end and per­haps that gap might have been closed had a few calls gone Dublin’s way in the end.

Cer­tainly Dublin could lay claim for at least one penalty af­ter full for­ward Aoife Bu­gler looked to have been dragged down with 10 min­utes to go. The Drogheda-based sec­ondary school teacher cer­tainly seemed to re­ceive some rough jus­tice in the sec­ond half.

Dublin man­ager Shane Plow­man felt the de­ci­sions were ques­tion­able, but pre­ferred to fo­cus on his own team’s ef­forts.

‘I couldn’t have asked for any­thing more of them to­day,’ he said. ‘We left noth­ing be­hind in the dress­ing-room - ev­ery­thing was out in the field.’

Dublin be­gan very brightly, with two ter­rific takes by wing back Grainne Free set­ting the tone as Dublin moved two points clear.

West­meath, how­ever, upped their in­ten­sity af­ter that as they reeled off 1-8 with­out re­ply be­tween the 15th and 30th minute to move eight points clear at the break. Their goal would come three min­utes be­fore the break when Denise Mcgrath’s low drive sped past keeper Ais­ling Spil­lane.

Dublin needed a good re­sponse af­ter the break and they got it when Roisin Baker found the back of the net from close range.

And with St Finian’s Swords’ Ciara Buchanan hav­ing an ex­cel­lent game at right cor­ner back, West­meath were held score­less un­til the 54th minute when points from Pamela Gre­ville and Aoife Hig­gins in­creased their lead to five.

Baker landed a late con­so­la­tion score for the Metropoli­tans. DUBLIN: Aoife Spil­lane, Roisin Ma­clough­lin, Ni­amh Glee­son, Ciara Buchanan, Graine Free, Deirdre John­stone, Emma Bar­ron, Grainne Power, Roisin Dro­han, Aoife Doo­ley, Roisin Baker 1-2 (0-1f), Eve­lyn Twomey, Laoise Quinn, Aoife Bu­gler 1-4(03f), Emer Keenan. Subs: Sinead Nolan for Power (ht), Sinead Wylde for Quinn (ht), Ciara Carolan for Twomey (49), Emma O’rior­dan for Glee­son (56).

Pamela Gre­ville (West­meath) is closed down by Ciara Buchanan.

Dublin’s Grainne Free gets the bet­ter of Denise Mcgrath.

Dublin­trio (l to r) Ciara Buchanan, Laura Walsh and Aoife Bu­gler re­flect af­ter Sun­day’s final at Croke Park. Pics: Matt Browne/sports­file

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