Foxrock Cabinteely captain Sarah Brophy and St Brigid’s Ciara Trant. Picture: Peter Hickey/GAAPics.com

FOXROCK Cabinteely boss Pat Ring has admitted his hot favourites are expecting nothing less than the toughest of challenges ahead of the Dublin Ladies Senior Championship final against St Brigids at Parnell Park on Friday, September 2.
Ring’s side have already beaten their opponents in the group stage of the Championship this season, and also overcame Brigid’s in the final last year. FoxCab, though, are taking nothing for granted, fitting in no less than four challenge games in the last three weeks as they prepare for Friday’s match.
“Getting good clean ball to the forwards, that’s the aim,” Ring told GazetteSport. “We have to take into account that they have a really good quality goalkeeper [in Dublin goalkeeper Ciara Trant], and two or three other players that need looking after. Like normal, though, we’ll be focusing 95% on our own game.
“We’ll take care of plans for those two or three players this week, do our homework, but the hard work is done.
“Other than that, we’ll be taking it very easy for the week, and making sure we’re in peak condition come Friday.”
While Foxrock Cabinteely are now seen as the stand out club in Dublin Ladies’ football, it hasn’t always been that way, and Ring’s recollections of progress since they put forward a senior side in 2005 gives an inkling of what a third county win in five years might mean to the club.
“We won a junior All Ireland in 2006,” Ring recalls, “and moved to intermediate level, winning a double in 2008.
“That took us to the seniors. We were young, naive and inexperienced back then, and it took a couple of years to develop at senior level. We first took the title in 2012, and won again last year.
“The youth teams remain an absolutely key part of the the club,” Ring explained, thanking his committee for the way they’ve supported and helped to develop the club.
“A number of players have stepped up to the senior side this year, and that’s something. It’s important we keep building.”
Niamh Collins, Niamh Ryan and one of the faces of ladies’ football, Sinead Goldrick, all turned out for Dublin as they edged past Mayo in the All Ireland semi-final on Saturday, to reach yet another Croke Park finale.
“The game’s getting bigger over recent years, and there’s more money behind it,” Ring says of ladies’ football, mentioning a recent €5,000 donation from a nearby Lidl.
“Sinead has been a great servant to our club and she’s been right at the heart of it. It’s great to see.
“We have a strong team and we feel positive about the game,” he concludes, “but scorelines earlier this year genuinely haven’t been reflective of the two sides. Brigid’s have rattled us, and we’ve only pulled away late in games. It will be a tight game.”

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