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Monday 26 September 2016

Blues hoping to step across Galway Bay

A SECOND successive Tesco Home Grown NFL Division 1 final beckons for the Jackies.

Last May, they stepped out in their first Division 1 final in Parnell Park. Cork prevailed by a finger-nail.

Now Dublin meet Galway in next Sunday's semi-final (St Loman's, Mullingar, 2pm).

The sides already drew in the League in Tuam. The game nearly didn't start.

Thick fog had descended. Eventually, the Sligo referee, Gus Chapman, threw in the ball.

Everybody could see the quality of both sides, who climbed as high as Ben Bulben.

Edel Concannon scored two goals. She has long been a leader of the Tribes. Dublin's elegant forward, Niamh McEvoy, got Dublin's goal. Galway topped the table. The Blues came in fourth.

That was quite an achievement for Gregory McGonigle. Since last September's All-Ireland final, the capital has seen more changes than the Station Master at Crewe.

On the League's last day, Super Sunday, Dublin went to Cork and recorded a handsome victory.

It got people talking. And now for Mullingar.

Playing the likes of Cork and Galway is the perfect way to prepare for the Leinster and All-Ireland series.

And maybe, just maybe, there will be another big Donnycarney May Day to savour.

A SECOND successive Tesco Home Grown NFL Division 1 final beckons for the Jackies.

Last May, they stepped out in their first Division 1 final in Parnell Park. Cork prevailed by a finger-nail.

Now Dublin meet Galway in next Sunday's semi-final.

The sides already drew in the League in Tuam. The game nearly didn't start.

Thick fog had descended. Eventually, the Sligo referee, Gus Chapman, threw in the ball.

Everybody could see the quality of both sides, who climbed as high as Ben Bulben.

Edel Concannon scored two goals. She has long been a leader of the Tribes.

Dublin's elegant forward, Niamh McEvoy, got Dublin's goal.

Galway topped the table. The Blues came in fourth.

That was quite an achievement for Gregory McGonigle. Since last September's All-Ireland final, the capital has seen more changes than the Station Master at Crewe.

On the League's last day, Super Sunday, Dublin went to Cork and recorded

a handsome victory.

It got people talking. And now for Mullingar.

Playing the likes of Cork and Galway is the perfect way to prepare for the Leinster and All-Ireland series.

And maybe, just maybe, there will be another big Donnycarney May Day to savour.

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