All-ireland senior ladies football championship – first round preview
Dublin v Tyrone, Saturday, 2pm, Kingspan Breffni Park
By Aaron Dunne
DUBLIN ladies star Lyndsey Davey has hailed the management of Mick Bohan as the Jackies set off in pursuit of an incredible fifth All-Ireland title in a row this Saturday.
The Dubs kick off their group campaign against Tyrone in Cavan, and the Skerries Harps star – who won her first All-Ireland medal against the Red Hands in 2010 – says her manager’s techniques are what keep the squad hungry for more success.
“Mick is a fantastic manager. I think we were lacking just that little something and he’s brought that in. He really creates an environment that allows his players to excel.
“ We’re always focused on giving the best account of ourselves. It’s really exciting to still be involved and to still be enjoying it so much. You’re out on a pitch just having fun with your friends, what more could you want?
Winning, of course, is fun too. And with only a second ever Divison 1 league secured last month the Dubs are flying.
“We had a really successful league campaign and we’re delighted witht at. Obviously that was something that we set out to achieve. But I just think the strength in depth in the panel has probably been the most exciting thing to come from the league.
“It’s just such a competitive enviroment and everyone is really pushing for places. It’s great to have that short gap and run-in from the league so we can carry that momentum into the ChampionshIp. It’s a really exciting time.”
“Tyrone aren’t a team we come up against very often, but it doesn’t who we’re playing, we’ll prepare for it like we do for any other game.
“We won’t be taking anything for granted. It will still all be about fo cusing on getting our individual battles right and driving our own performance and hopefully that’ll be enough to get us across the line.”
Dublin’s Lyndsey Davey pictured at the Aasleagh Falls in Co Mayo at the launch of the LGFA TG4 Championship. The Jackies kick off their campaign against Tyrone on Saturday. Picture: Sportsfile