Match Report Feile Div 5 Final

  • Apr 17,2023

Dublin LGFA Féile Division 5 Final

Trinity Gaels 2-04 St. Peregrines 2-02

Report by Cóilín Duffy

Five players were on target for Trinity Gaels as they edged hosts St. Peregrine’s in an entertaining Dublin LGFA Féile Division 5 decider on Sunday in Blakestown. Trinity started impressively and led by 1-1 to 0-0 after just five minutes but were constantly pegged back by Peregrines. 

After winning the Division 6 Féile title last year, Peregrine’s were hoping to keep their good fortunes flowing – this time on home soil; where a Trinity Gaels side who hadn’t featured in a Féile final for a few years were the opposition.

Gaels stormed out of the blocks, ensuring the Peregrines defence were busy in the opening minutes.

The hosts rear-guard done well to keep them at bay – forcing two wides inside the opening 45 seconds; while Tara Lynch pulled off a fine save to deny Jessica Flanagan in the third attack, and also kept a Caoimhe Barrett third minute effort out.

Kadie Molloy was among those who also showed well for the hosts in the opening minutes, but Trinity Gaels eventually got off the mark through a Barrett point. This lead stood at four points after five minutes, when a ground effort from Marianne O’Farrell found its way to the net through a crowded goalmouth.

1-1   to 0-0 ahead Trinity were looking good, but it was Peregrines turn to dominate.

By the ninth minute the sides were tied 1-1 apiece. Firstly, Sinead Murphy slotted over a pointed free, and then found the net, after Trinity had foul the ball at the opposite end.

Trinity pressed hard to regain the lead, but were wide on two occasions, before Sophia Cleary helped them regain the lead in injury-time. A Flanagan pointed free doubled the advantage, and with the sun beaming down they went in search of further scores, but once again Tara Lynch impressed between the posts, and the score stood at 1-3 to 1-1 at the break.

Peregrines were eager to impress on the restart, but it was Trinity Gaels who drew first blood with a third minute Sophia Gaskin goal. A Murphy pointed free kept Peregrines in touch, but Flanagan cancelled out this score.

Trinity continued to press for scores, but a resolute home side defence stood firm and with three minutes of normal time remaining a Renee Power goal cut the gap to two points.

Both sides were guilty of missed chances over the remainder of the tie, as Trinity Gaels held out for a two-point win, with their captain Evie Farrell accepting the Cup from Dublin LGFA Chairman Joe Keane after the game.

In her speech Evie thanked the panel of 25 girls for their efforts and said that every single girl helped them get their today, regardless of whether they had featured over the weekend or not. She added that she couldn’t be prouder of every single one of them.

Scorers for Trinity Gaels: Marianne O’Farrell, Sophia Gaskin 1-0 each; Jessica Flanagan (1f) 0-2; Caoimhe Barrett, Sophia Cleary 0-1 each.

Scorers for St. Peregrines: Jessica Flanagan (2f) 1-2; Aoife Foran 1-0.

TRINITY GAELS: Ellie O’Moore; Isobel Dillon, Kayleigh Hoey, Faith Farrell; Skye Connor, Evie Farrell, Aoibheann Moroney; Zoe Kavanagh, Marianne O’Farrell; Sophia Cleary, Caoimhe Barrett, Sophia Gaskin; Jenna Sheeran, Jessica Flanagan, Aimee Hennessy. Subs: Erin Forman, Kira Lavrinova, Nelly Zagrobelny, Aoife Foran, Katie Cush, Libby O’Rourke, Ella Kane, Kate Byrne, Anna Synott, Georgia-Rose Roche.

ST. PEREGRINES: Tara Lynch; Emma Galvin, Katie Mooney, Aoife Halpin; Emma McEldowney, Kadie Molloy, Saoirse Phelan; Jennifer Nolan, Sinead Murphy; Emilia Hawkins, Jessica Kirwan, Keita Spage, Caitlyn Hennessy, Taylor Lynch, Emma McDonald. Subs: Abigail Sealey, Alannah Cawley, Ava Power Martin, Laura Maguire, Caoimhe O’Rourke, Renee Power, Tegan Lynch, Ellie McSherry, Sadbh Brady. 

REFEREE: Simon Murphy (St. Judes)