HOT on the heels of a dynamic return to the Dublin senior ladies football side, Foxrock Cabinteely’s Sinead Goldrick is hoping to make it two championship titles in a fortnight.
She missed five weeks of action due to a knee injury but the Dublin captain came off the bench last week, scoring a couple of points in the county’s crushing defeat of Laois to land the Leinster intercounty title.
The club crown is next on the agenda on Friday evening when Foxrock battle for their second intercounty title against Na Fianna in Lawless Park, Swords, throwing in at 8.30pm.
She says she will “be back fully fit for that” and is raring to go.
In her absence, Foxrock made short work of their semi-final opponents St Sylvester’s, winning 5-17 to 0-9 at Kilboggett Park.
The victory set up a final meeting with Na Fianna in a repeat of the 2012 final, where the south Dublin based club emerged victorious.
Speaking at the National Athletes Development Academy (NADA), Goldrick, who saw the semi-final win, says the team will need to be at their very best to overcome a powerful side from Glasnevin.
“I was out watching them,” said Goldrick. “I’ve huge pride for my club and it was great to watch all the girls playing and we had a comprehensive win.
“We played Na Fianna two years ago in the final and we beat them in the end. But they are a really strong and experienced team, so it will be a tight match and we will need everyone on the pitch performing to beat them.”
Team manager Pat Ring in a recent interview said he considered his team as “underdogs” going into the final. He described Na Fianna as the “most dominant and successful” club of the past five years.
Goldrick too is well aware of the challenge her club faces and said: “The spirit in the camp is really good and I’m so looking forward to it.”
Earlier on the night at Lawless Park, Kilmacud Crokes will hope they can get the better of Parnell’s in the intermediate championship final which gets underway at 6.45pm.
A youthful Kilmacud side have been in breathtaking form to date in the competition, running up 25 goals in their three games so far including a monster 12-23 haul in the semi-final against St Margaret’s.
The ties have both been switched from Parnell Park due to a senior hurling training session scheduled ahead of the county’s All-Ireland quarter-final at the weekend.