tg4 all-ireland ladies senior football final
Meath 1-11 – Dublin 0-12
Mick Bohan choked back tears as he spoke about the “end of a road” for a chunk of his all-conquering Dublin.
Dublin had not previously lost a championship game under Bohan and were chasing an All-Ireland five-in-a-row but couldn’t match Meath’s ultra-intensity and sheer quality.
An emotional Bohan gave no definite indication about his future, though he may have reached the end of the line after five seasons, while he predicted that up to half a dozen stalwarts could retire.
Five of Dublin’s starters, including 34-year-old captain Sinead Aherne, are 30 or over, while substitute Niamh McEvoy is also 30.
“I suppose today was the end of a road for probably half a dozen of that group,” said Bohan. “You would have obviously written the script differently from our end, but look, I hand the thing over to Meath. That’s the way it’s supposed to be done; you’re supposed to go out into that arena and you’re supposed to empty your souls on the pitch — that’s why we valued the prize so highly.”
Bohan won’t be short of job offers if he chooses to step down, having also been Dublin’s skills coach for their 2013 All-Ireland win under Jim Gavin.
He was Clare’s coach in 2016 when they reached the All-Ireland quarter-finals.
“I can say this to you hand on heart…” said Bohan of his time in charge of Dublin, before pausing to battle back tears, “that whatever we as a management team have given them, they’ve given us way more,”
Caption: Dublin manager Mick Bohan and selector Willie O’Connor (left) following Dublin’s defeat to Meath in last Sunday’s Ladies All-Ireland football final