FOXROCK Cabinteely star Sinead Goldrick says that Dublin’s ladies footballers are already focused on ending their All-Ireland quarter-final hoodoo following their Leinster championships success last Saturday.
Like the men’s senior footballers, they saw off Meath at Dr Cullen Park in the final, running up a 3-14 to 0-9 victory over the Royal County.
Speaking afterwards, the Dublin captain said she was happy with the performance but was also looking ahead: “We went in and we wanted a performance out of the team and I think that’s exactly what we did. We knew that we would need the full 20 panel to play with the heat and we used 20 and every one of us played our heart out so I’m delighted with the result.
“For the last two years we’ve lost by a point in the quarter final so we’re gonna forget about the Leinster final that we had going into that and focus on whoever we’re playing against.
“We know it is going to be a tough battle and hope that it will be third time lucky in a quarter final this year.”
They were sentiments echoed by Dublin manager Paul Gilheaney who spoke about how they planned the game when considering the hot conditions; “Yeah we always knew that the heat was gonna play a huge part in it so we wanted the ball to do the work today and not the players to carry it.
“It’s a stifling heat, really hot out there and it was a matter of time before they got tired so we had to judge our substitutes well. We wanted to move the ball as quickly as possible to the full forward line and we thought we might get some results out of that and I think we did get some results there”
It took just 50 seconds to get off the mark with a goal from full forward Lyndsay Peat. This was swiftly followed up with a point from Noelle Healy. With Peat scoring her second goal, it brought Dublin six points ahead, 2-6 to 0-6 at half-time
As the second half began Dublin’s Aherne wasted no time in getting the attack underway and scored a point within the first 30 seconds of play. She soon followed this with Dublin’s third goal and further tightened their grip on the match and all but end the tie as a contest.
With Meath’s confidence ebbing away, Dublin never looked back, with Amy McGuinness, Healy, Davey and substitute Siobhan Woods all pointing for the Metropolitans.
Remarkably, Dublin’s tally of 3-14 all came from play while four of Meath’s nine points came from placed balls.