Mullany gunning for second shot at Cork

by Dave Donnelly

Dublin camogie star Doireann Mullany says the side are full of confidence ahead of next week’s All-Ireland quarter-final against Galway in Cork.

The Ballyboden St Enda’s forward was speaking at AIG’s announcement that Aoibheann’s Pink Tie’s logo will appear on Dublin GAA football, hurling and camogie jerseys this summer.

The Girls in Blue finished third in qualifying group two to book their spot in the final six, with just the one defeat to the flawless reigning champions Cork.

The Dubs were desperately unlucky to miss out on second place on points difference to Tipperary after the two sides play out a draw in their final group game.

David Herity’s side were cruising to victory, and were five points ahead at one stage in the second half, but a late point from Cáit Devane was enough for Tipp to sneak into second.
The result leaves Tipperary with the slightly easier task of Waterford in the quarter-final double-header at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday, August 4.

And Mullany, who begins her third year of vetinary studies at UCD in the autumn, believes the big pitch down in Cork will suit her side’s expansive play.

“It’s a huge pitch, which is good for us as we have loads of runners,” she told the Dublin Gazette.

“It will suit us down to the ground so we’re really looking forward to it.”

Mullany admitted missing out on second place was disappointing for the squad but they had quickly put it to the back of their minds as a place in the knockout stages was their aim from day one.

“It was heartbreaking. Straight afterwards a lot of the players were very disappointed, but our main goal was to get through the quarter-finals.

“It was pretty intense. We were kind of pulling through in the second half, up by five points, but they kind of crawled back.

“We still won three matches and drew one, so our success rate is still pretty high. We’re just happy getting one step closer to the All-Ireland final.”

Dublin’s sole defeat in the group stages was to Cork – a possible opponent should they manage to beat Galway – and Mulanny feels they’re more than a match for the All-Ireland champs on their day.

The Dubs suffered a heavy 4-15 to 2-3 defeat to the Rebel County last month, but Mulanny felt the scoreline was an unfair reflection of how they played and where the respective teams stand.

“We just had a bad day against them. The scoreline didn’t really reflect how well we played. They kind of pulled away at the very end and got a few easy goals.

“The frees didn’t go our way and we didn’t score a few frees as well, so if we play them again we’ll definitely put it up to them. We’ll look forward to it if we’re playing them again.
“You can’t avoid the Kilkennys or the Corks forever. We want to get through to the All-Ireland final and win, so you’ve got to play these incredible teams.”

For now, the immediate focus is Galway, and Dublin are expected to have a full squad to choose from should Miriam Twomey recover from a knock picked up in the draw with Tipp.

“They’re very good attacking, but our defenders are incredible so we’re not too worried about that, and very good with high balls.”

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