Nine days ago Edel Kennedy found herself playing as a makeshift goalkeeper for Wexford Youths against Shelbourne after an injury crisis robbed boss Stephen Quinn of his two usual choices.

Although an accomplished Gaelic footballer with Wicklow club Carnew, she'd never played the position before and ended the evening watching Shels celebrate a remarkable league triumph as a 3-2 win - coupled with Peamount's 5-2 loss against Galway - saw the title go to Tolka Park.

Yesterday Kennedy went back to her familiar position in the middle of the field for the FAI Cup final against the same opponents; and by the end of the game, it was Youths who were popping the champagne, with Kennedy soaking up the plaudits for her brilliant, game-clinching goal.

"I don't even shoot most of the time," she laughed afterwards when reflecting on her scorcher that made it 3-1.

"I caught it nice and sweet so I'm delighted with it. I can't even express how happy I am.

"I never want to be a goalkeeper again! Goalscorer? I don't mind doing that again. I didn't mind going in [goals]... I'd probably go in again if they asked but hopefully it never happens again."

Youths were level with Shels 1-1 at half-time, but they were far from happy with a placid first-half display. After some home truths, they re-emerged with much more purpose as Kylie Murphy and then Kennedy swung the game their way.

"We weren't good enough," Kennedy said of the opening 45 minutes. "We were disappointed with ourselves going in at the break. All the players expressed that at half-time. We said a few things we needed to fix to make things better and basically we weren't good enough. We needed to lift it up.

"We didn't perform in the first half. We were never going to be happy with that, but we got the win and that's all that matters. We always dig it out."

Youths were the supporting actors last weekend when Shels snatched the title but on Sunday the stage was theirs.

A squad full of serial winners were seething after failing to claim any silver last season. They desperately wanted this FAI Cup and will hope it proves to be a launchpad for another title challenge next year.

"It's never nice to see someone else lift a trophy but last week weren't in contention to lift the trophy," Kennedy added.

"Last year was a failure in our eyes. We expect ourselves to lift trophies every year. It was a major [aim] to lift a trophy this year.

"It gets better really because I'm coming to the end of my career. I want to pack in as much as I can."