Aherne leads from front as Dublin cruise
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.
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