McEvoy all set to soar

by Karl Graham

ST SYLVESTER’s star Niamh McEvoy insists the county’s ladies footballers must remain vigilant as they take on Westmeath in the Leinster championship final this Sunday at 4pm in Netwatch Dr Cullen Park.
Dublin hammered Laois by 28 points to reach the Leinster final for the sixth year in a row but McEvoy knows that it will be a much tougher task against the division two champions.
“Westmeath have had a great league campaign and their league form is brilliant,” McEvoy said at the launch of sponsor AIG’s new travel insurance offer on Monday.
“They had two tough games against Cavan that will definitely stand to them. They drew the first time round then put up a great performance in the second game to win the division two league title and get promoted to division one.
“We know we have a tough day in store but we are just going to concentrate on ourselves and the things we need to do to get it right on the day. We are really looking forward to it.”
Dublin may have had it comfortable during the Laois game but McEvoy insists there is something to be learned from every game as they strive towards their ultimate goal of reaching a fourth All-Ireland final in a row.
“There were things to be learned from the Laois match as well. We were happy that we put up a good performance but we have put that to bed now and we are just concentrating on going forward.”
Westmeath will provide a much sterner test than Laois but McEvoy insists they will look to get their own game right rather than look to nullify the threat posed by the midlanders.
“We obviously give Westmeath a lot of respect. Two years ago the game went right down to the wire and we had our backs up against the wall at half-time so, as I said, we just need to concentrate on the things we need to do right on the day and the things we need to get right to win the game.
“Obviously, they have some good players that we will home in on but, other than that, we are just going to concentrate on working hard at our game.”
McEvoy is joined in the Dublin squad by Syls teammates Nicole Owens and Sinead Aherne and despite a slow start to the club’s league campaign this year; they have hit the ground running in the championship.
“We had a couple of injuries at the start and we had a couple of girls who weren’t back training yet so we will try and knuckle down now and get a few wins to push ourselves up the league table, but our main focus this year was definitely the championship,” McEvoy concluded.
On that front, they will return to action on Wednesday, July 12 with a derby date against Fingallians.

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