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Friday 9 December 2016

Dublin skipper aiming for the double

Lyndsey would love to be second Skerries captain to bring home the All-Ireland

Dublin captain Lyndsey Davey
Dublin captain Lyndsey Davey
At a photocall ahead of the TG4 All-Ireland Junior, Intermediate and Senior Ladies Football Championship Finals tomorrow were Dublin footballer Carla Rowe and Cork captain Ciara O'Sullivan

Monday's home-coming wasn't lost on the captain of the Jackies, Lyndsey Davey.

It brought the memories tumbling back to her home town of Skerries the night Bryan Cullen returned with Sam in 2011.

"Having two Dublin captains is a massive achievement for Skerries Harps. And the club are so proud," reflects Lyndsey.

She would love to follow Cullen's journey and bring the Brendan Martin Cup to the sea-side.

Sunday marks her fifth All-Ireland senior final. She made her Dublin debut in 2004 against Donegal.

Legendary

The legendary John O'Leary led the Blues to the Promised Land that year.

Dublin lost to Galway in the final. Chelsea's Niamh Fahey was playing for Galway.

"We had to wait till 2009 to reach the final again, so it just shows how unpredictable sport can be. You just never know what's around the corner."

It was another goalkeeper, Gerry McGill, who had guided the Dubs back to the big house. He had worn the gloves of Donegal, Carlow, St Vincent's and UCD.

He also played for UCD in the League of Ireland with Hot Shot Peter Lorimer.

Cork defeated the Dubs in that 2009 final, but the following year, with Gerry still on the bridge, they finally climbed the steps of the Hogan Stand.

"When you get the opportunity, you have to grab it with both hands."

Lyndsey's experience makes her relish the joy of the captain's arm-band.

"When you have played for so long, you naturally fall into that leadership role," she says.

"Going out into the games, you always try to work as hard as you can all over the pitch and lead by example. It doesn't matter who gets the scores. We had nine different scorers in the semi-final against Armagh. There's a lot of talent within the team.

"A lot of girls are capable of taking their own scores. The big thing is to put the chances away when they come. That's something you want to be ruthless in doing."

Changed

Lyndsey recently changed career. She's now a trainee Fire-Fighter at Dublin Airport. Previously, she worked in finance at Croke Park.

"It's just something that I always wanted to do. So when they started recruiting early in the year, I applied and thankfully I got the job."

And she declares that Sunday's outcome will be all about putting in a serious shift until the bell sounds.

Against Armagh in Parnell Park, the full-forward ran back sixty yards to gain possession from an opponent and set Dublin on the attack.

That slice of industry was worth a thousand team-talks from the Skerries skipper of the Blue Armada.

"Cork have kept the same core players and management. That is why they have been so successful.

"But our focus will be on ourselves and producing a big performance."

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