McCarthy lines up revenge mission

by Dave Donnelly

DUBLIN camogie star Eimear McCarthy believes her team have what it takes become the first side from the capital in more than 30 years to take home the All-Ireland title.
The Girls in Blue were knocked out of the Leinster and All-Ireland championships last year by Kilkenny, who went on to reach the finals of both competitions.
But the side had a hugely productive year, reaching the All-Ireland semi-final for the first time in over 20 years.
And St Vincent’s clubwoman McCarthy feels the squad have learned enough from their recent run-ins with the Cats to knock them from their perch in 2018.
“I don’t fear Kilkenny and I do believe that we will get over Kilkenny this year,” McCarthy said, speaking exclusively to the Dublin Gazette at the launch of Dublin GAA’s season at Parnell Park.
“We have to drive forward with belief and put in good performances. It’s got to be good performances for 60 minutes of the game and once we can get that we can beat anybody.”
Despite the disappointment of failing to reach a final last year, Dublin received an impressive seven all-star nominations in 2017.
McCarthy was one of those nominated, and the midfielder believes that will have given the squad confidence they have the quality to go one step further this year.
“Everyone wants to win. Everybody wants to come home and win the All-Ireland. We definitely could have taken it last year.
“A few decisions mightn’t have gone our way and that kind of thing, but last year is last year and we’re driving on for a new year. We’re going to take it this year hopefully and make it to Croke Park.”
The Dubs managed their first win of the league campaign at the weekend as they eased past Meath by 0-15 to 0-10 at Trim GAA club.
Having drawn with Limerick on the opening day, Dublin were roundly beaten by Kilkenny in atrocious conditions at the Parnell’s astro facility in Coolock two weeks ago.
With Clare and Waterford also having played out a draw, it leaves four sides now delicately poised in second place on three points, with the Girls in Blue to play both sides in their remaining games.
“If we look at our league scores last year, we went to Cork in the first round of the league and scored four points. It’s definitely a positive that we are scoring, and we are scoring a lot from play.
“We are going to learn a lot more from the mistakes we make. It’s easier to make them now than in the championships.
“I’d rather have to learn stuff now than to be learning it in the summer. We have a long time to fix our mistakes, and that’s what we’re doing at the minute.”

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