Bohan aims to keep incredible streak rolling

by Cóilín Duffy

DUBLIN manager Mick Bohan says his side have no fresh injury worries ahead of Sunday’s TG4 All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Final against Galway at Croke Park (4pm).

Apart from St Sylvester’s player Nicole Owens, who just tasted four minutes of action in the semi-final win over Cork, before exiting with a knee injury; the rest of the squad are fit and ready to go for Sunday.

Owens has had surgery since, and has already started her way back from recovery. She previously sustained a knee ligament injury in the warm-up before Dublin’s All-Ireland Championship Series opener.

“Well, the surgeon made sure she wouldn’t play on Sunday. I’d say if she hadn’t undergone that, she would have given it a go,” Clontarf man Bohan said.

“It’s amazing, one of the lads who had gone through a similar fate linked up with her immediately. She had 33 one-on-one sessions, as well as working with the physio and her team. The work she put in to try and rehab the tear was just incredible.

“We would have felt that she deserved that opportunity [to play].

“People talk about high risk and all that stuff, I’m very clear that if there’s that type of player on your team — not everyone, there’s only a very small percentage of players who can even attempt it, and a sports surgeon told us this — I think they deserve that opportunity, that loyalty to show you’re willing to back them.”

Dublin are aiming for their third All-Ireland title in succession and, amazingly, Bohan hasn’t managed Dublin to a loss in the championship since taking over in late 2016 – his second coming as manager of this team.

Bohan says confidence is high in the group, having accounted for rivals Cork in the semi-final.

“I think we would have said to people coming into that game that we didn’t know where we were at, regardless of who it was going to be in the semi-final,” he said.

“The ante had to go up, and that’s what it unfolded as. It was a particularly competitive game, and at the end of the day it was a good result for us, and now we look forward to the big one.”

It’s Dublin’s sixth All-Ireland Senior final appearance in succession, but Bohan is quick to point to Galway’s underage All-Ireland experience.

“It does [count]. But by the same token, we have five or six girls who have never played in All-Ireland finals,” he said.

“The older girls will certainly pass on their experience. All those things are factors, but at the end of the day we saw with Kerry, with very little experience were certainly able to manage the big day.

“Part of the threat of Galway is the way they play. They obviously have footballers who are hugely talented and a very mobile team, and they probably mix it up more than other teams.

“We expect it to be a massive contest, and that’s what we are in the competition for.”

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