Ah­erne leads from front as Dublin cruise

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Dublin man­ager Mick Bo­han ad­mit­ted his “con­fi­dent” side is look­ing for­ward to fac­ing a Cork squad that has dished out three TG4 All-Ire­land fi­nal de­feats to his side in the last four years, in what he thinks can be a Septem­ber spec­tac­u­lar for ladies foot­ball.

Croke Park saw a record at­ten­dance of 46,286 for last year’s fi­nal be­tween Dublin and Mayo, and Bo­han is ex­cited to see what hap­pens in the Septem­ber 16th de­cider – es­pe­cially with the men’s hurl­ing and foot­ball set to be well in the past by that stage.

Dublin looked a class apart on Satur­day at Dr Hyde Park as first-half goals from Nicole Owens and Sinéad Ah­erne put them in con­trol. Gal­way staged a sec­ond-half comeback, but they were swept away by Dublin’s classy for­ward play and their in­tense tackle power.

Cap­tain Ah­erne fired 2-4 for her her team, while Lyn­d­sey Davey’s sec­ond-half goal ul­ti­mately quenched any hope of a Gal­way comeback after Olivia Divilly’s goal and Tracey Leonard’s frees slowed pulled them back into con­tention.

Won­der­ful oc­ca­sion

But with a GAA com­mu­nity hun­gry for ac­tion, Bo­han an­tic­i­pates an­other won­der­ful oc­ca­sion at Croke Park when the two ri­vals col­lide.

“Septem­ber all of a sud­den – where we’ve al­ways looked for­ward to our games – [peo­ple are think­ing] what are we go­ing to do? I think that’ll help the women’s game for the mid­dle of Septem­ber.” DMur­phy­forByrne(49),OWhyte­forDavey(52).

It was the Dublin blitz in the first quar­ter that ended Gal­way’s hopes.

The first score was a goal from Owens after four min­utes, Ah­erne fisted to the net nine min­utes later, while the cap­tain con­verted a penalty eight min­utes from the break, which Gal­way never re­cov­ered from.

“We just didn’t come out and play the way we wanted to. The things that we were try­ing to do and we talked about that just didn’t hap­pen,” said Gal­way man­ager Stephen Glen­non. Cormi­can;SCon­neally(0-1),TLeonard(0-7,sixfrees),L Ward;ODivilly(1-0),RLeonard,L RLeonard(46),NCon­nol­ly­forLynch(46),SLynch­forFla­herty(47-51blood).

Dublin’s Sinéad Ah­erne helped drive Dublin with a per­sonal tally of 2-4

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