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McCurtains clinch third county crown

PUBLISHED: 14:00 02 July 2015

Kellie Carr of Thomas McCurtains looks to knock it over the posts earlier in the season

Kellie Carr of Thomas McCurtains looks to knock it over the posts earlier in the season

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Goodmayes side beat Tir Chonnail Gaels to London crown in Ruislip

Thomas McCurtains women’s football team booked their place in the All-Britain championships after lifting the London junior football championship.

The Goodmayes club saw off the challenge of perenial rivals Tir Chonaill Gaels at the Gaelic Grounds in Ruislip to win a third county title.

McCurtains dominated the first half and had scored 3-11 by the time the whistle had blown to signal the interval.

But TCG came back strong after the break with the rest of the match becoming end-to-end before McCurtains prevailed by a score of 5-13 to 5-4.

And manager Finnian O’Dowd was pleased the performances from the team this season had eventually been rewarded with another county crown.

“It was a great display by the ladies. From the first whistle they were up for the game,” he said.

“We dominated midfield from start to finish with Catherine Barrett and Aoife Fitzgerald giving us a great base to build from.

“Also in defence we had Therese Cosgrove, Aileen O’Leary and Ailbhe Ryan doing man-marking jobs and pretty much snuffed out the Tir Chonaill threat throughout the game.

“With the solid platform to work off, the forwards pretty much all hit form and played a very direct running game, with Maria

Gilligan scoring two early goals and then Kellie Carr weighed in with six points.

“The only concern was that we conceded five goals, something we have had issues with all year so there is still some room for

improvement.”

McCurtains have a long wait for their next competitive match, with the All-Britain clash set for September, with the Lancashire champions their likely opponents.

And O’Dowd believes the break could hinder the team’s hopes of success.

He added: “It’s less than ideal and we won’t have some of our players available during the school holidays, so it will be a case of

trying to ease off the training a bit and then trying to build it up again to try and peak.

“We know that the Lancashire champions will be very strong. We’re losing five players in the meantime as they’re all moving to Dubai. It’s going to be very tough, but if we can show our form and tighten up defensively we’ll have a good chance of progressing.”

Should McCurtains add the All-Britain crown, then fixtures against Ireland’s best will await them later in the year.


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