Leinster Title for DCC Junior Hockey

The Donabate CC junior girls ended the season on a high with a great performance against Mount Anville at the Leinster Finals held in Three Rock Rovers Hockey Club.

The match was played last Tuesday at Three Rock Rovers, a neutral venue with tip off set for 10.15 that morning. The girls talked tactics and began their last game of the season with a strong attacking mind frame. Mount Anville had tip but Donabate quickly gained possession and controlled the first half with brilliant link play between midfielders and forwards to get many chances of scoring the illustrious first goal.

Donabate excelled with speed outrunning Mt. Anville’s defence, thus creating a one on one between Ella Jinks and the Mount Anville goalkeeper. Jinks made no mistake with the finish and DCC led by a goal to nil. With only a few minutes left till half time Donabate turned defensive with Neassa Bissett saving the game and not letting anything past her, showcasing her talent and training from throughout the season.

Half time saw Donabate leading the game with a score of 1-0. The girls knew they had to give 200% to leave Three Rock with the cup. With some great advice from their coaches, the girls went into the second half confident and determined to win.

Donabate had tip with Jinks starting the game with a tactical pass to Neville who brought the ball up strong. The girls worked as a team with great link play. Defence distributed the ball to midfield with Eva Van Dreumel and Charlie Mangan running the wings giving opportunities for more goals. Despite huge pressure and a number of short corners from Mount Anville, they could not get past the DCC rearguard and when the whistle blew, DCC rushed to celebrate winning 1-0. Great credit to the opposition who put DCC under huge pressure and were admirable finalists!

It has been a terrific season in school for hockey, capped nicely by becoming Leinster Junior C Champions 2019. Team captain, Lara Rooney gave a great speech thanking all supporters, coaches and Mt. Anville for being worthy opponents. The girls demonstrated tremendous dedication from start to finish which had finally paid off. Well done to the girls and best of luck next season!

Donabate CC: Neasa Bissett, Sarah Keon, Niamh Neville, Ava Colgan, Aoife Lee, Lucy O’Brien, Eva Van Dreumel, Charlie Mangan, Robben Barnes, Sadhbh O’Reardon, Lara Rooney, Ella Jinks, Amy Bryans, Kailey Berrigan.

Report by Charlie Mangan and Vanessa Burke, TY Journalism