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Wednesday 28 September 2016

dazzling dublin march into final

THE blue flags were flying in Edenderry. Dublin through to the National League Division 3 final.

They had too much in the basket for Limerick, 3-9 to 0-2.

The job looked Oxo at the tea. 3-6 to 0-2 for the Dubs.

They'll now meet Carlow in the final on May 3. Carlow beat Roscommon in the other semi-final.

Sunday's result continues Dublin's unbeaten run.

"So far so good," stated Dublin manager Ken Keoghan. "But, as they say, we still have more to do.

"Let's hope now we can deliver a top display in the final."

Ken was well pleased with the efforts in Offaly.

"It was a very good first half display. The girls really put in a tremendous shift."

Understandably, the pace dipped in the second period.

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But, as the great Con Houlihan would have said, the writing was on the pitch at that stage.

"There were many aspects of the performance that were impressive," added Ken.

"Our catching, our drive and our support play were features of the win. Everybody worked so hard. You couldn't pick out individuals.

"We kept it very tight at the back."

Ken salutes his managerial colleagues Ann Colgan, Mark Berigan and Podge McCormack. And he hails the input of the strength and conditioning chief Andy Timmons.

"Andy does a brilliant job. The players are very fit."

Ann Colgan often feels a little like Jack Kyle when the subject of the Grand Slam came up.

Ann was the last captain of a Dublin team that won the All-Ireland Senior Championship title. She'd love to hand-pass that accolade on. But in the meantime, the county's Premier Junior side are her main focus.

They began the campaign with a draw against Roscommon on a shivering Bray day.

They then beat Armagh and Carlow away before defeating Limerick at St David's Artane to top the table and progress to the last four.

Centre half-back Michelle Kelly is the captain. She's a sister of the Dublin hurler Peter.

Elaine Gallery is vice-captain, and there's no lack of experience in the panel.

"There's a good mix there. Several of the girls have been there from before, and six or seven players came up from last year's Junior As.

"They are a nice group to be involved with, and it's great to be now preparing for a final.

"It will be a big test against Carlow, but we will be looking to re-produce the form that we showed in the first half against Limerick for the full hour."

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