Goldrick glitters for Dublin

by Gazette Reporter

THERE was a golden touch around the middle of the park as the Jackies lifted their fourth Leinster Championship in a row when they beat Westmeath last Sunday.
Foxrock Cabinteely’s Sinead Goldrick played a key role for Greg McGonigle’s side beat the Lake County 2-12 to 1-11 in Dr Cullen Park in the provincial decider.
She was subsequently named player of the match after the four-point win following a near flawless performance at the half-back line during which she registered three points from play.
Speaking about the half-back, Dublin selector Bobby McNulty was full of praise. “All three who were featured in the final were excellent,” he said.
“Sinead Goldrick had an extremely strong game, she obviously scored three big points but she was also brilliant in her defensive work which you need to be in the half-back line.
“Everyone likes scoring points but Sinead got through an awful lot of work going forward and back which she seems to relish. She was also marking one of Westmeath’s best players and coped really well, she deserved her player of the match performance.”
The selector said her performance was almost matched by Kilmacud Crokes’ Molly Lamb in midfield, a player who is quickly becoming one of the central fulcrums to the side.
“I thought she was brilliant in the middle of the park,” he said. It is her second year with the senior side now and you can say she has become a real commanding presence and cemented a place in the team.
“We’ve lost a couple of leaders from our squad in recent years due to retirement and other things, but Molly looks set to be a real leader for us for many years to come. She was fantastic out there and ran Sinead Goldrick close for the player of the match award in my opinion.”
In the tie itself, Dublin had raced into an eight-point lead with influential skipper Lyndsey Davey palmed an effort past the keeper to score the game’s first goal.
But the Lake county forged a way back into the game and got within two points at one stage as Dublin went scoreless for a long while leading into the final 10 minutes of the game.
Last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalists were helped by the sin-binning of Johanna Maher and while Westmeath were down a player, the Dubs hit 1-3 without reply.
When they got back to having their full contingent on the field, Westmeath threatened again but luck was proving to be going against them as an Emma Morris shot rattled off the crossbar late on. Dublin held on from here to book their place in the last eight of the All-Ireland where they will face one of Monaghan, Derry, Cavan or Down.

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