Bar set high by man­ager Elmes

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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.

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