Bar set high by manager Elmes
He revealed that it was Rianna Jarrett’s decision to give it a go, once she had been cleared to return.
‘We’d kept an eye on her. We always knew that if we had that chance that we would go with her, so she had an assessment there during the week and the club doctor assessed her and had a look and basically we had a chat with Rianna.
‘We said basically “look, we feel that this is really down to you, it’s your call”, so look, you’re going to tell an international centre-forward that you’ve an opportunity to go and play in the FAI Cup final in the Aviva, what is she going to say?’
Elmes believed that it took his side a little while to settle into the game but they were able to work out their early woes and dominate the game.
‘I think we grew into it as the game went on,’ he said. ‘If anything, I think maybe the half-time whistle came just that little bit too early for us, just when we’d got our goal.
‘The half-time whistle came and it kind of upset our momentum a little bit but also gave us a chance to put a few things right, and we know we needed to do that.
‘Peamount got a lot of space around the 18-yard box and the ball into more areas that hurt us a little bit.
‘So I think second-half we fixed that a little bit and we reduced them down to very few chances. And we always knew we were dangerous on the break so we knew we had to just stick it in there and work hard.’
With the treble wrapped up, Elmes and his team have given themselves a tough act to follow and he returned some interesting comments when looking ahead to next season, in particular with regards Youths’ Champions League campaign.
‘I’ve set the bar quite high haven’t I, not too high, but quite high! Look, we’ll enjoy the off-season I’m sure. We’ll have a good conversation with the club, we are definitely going to need a lot more support going forward (so) that we can go and compete.
‘I mean, Champions League is an absolute dream to go (to). I think going taking part is one thing, going competing is another, and ideally we want to go and compete but we do need a lot more support if we are going to do that.’
Those conversations are for another week, but for now Elmes and his side can sit back and reflect on a job well done.
Still, it won’t be long before preparations begin for another season, another in which the boss and his side will expect to excel.
Katrina Parrock gets the vital touch to knock in the winning goal in Sunday’s cup final. The goalscorer seeks out her colleague to celebrate after breaking the deadlock in the Aviva Stadium.
Manager Tom Elmes watching the action on Sunday.