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Monday 23 October 2017

Dubs focused on Faithful

THE Brendan Voyage is approaching harbour. Dublin will aim to produce their Sunday Best in Clane (2pm).

Dublin have met Offaly in the All-Ireland Championship Group series already this season. Dublin beat them in Parnell Park.

Earlier on, Offaly defeated the Dubs in the Leinster Championship. But Dublin mentor, Brendan Cooper, insists that those two games will have no bearing on the All-Ireland Junior A Championship final against the Faithful County.

"This is a completely new slate. As far as we are concerned, it's nil-all," comments Brendan.

Dublin will have to be careful not to concede frees. Michelle Davis had no bother in finding the pocket in Donnycarney. Or indeed in Kilcotton.

Dublin have a tidy defence. And an accomplished goalkeeper in Stephanie Carthy. Carthy's composure brings confidence to her defenders.

Carol Ann Canning brings much to the engine room. She was effective and productive against Carlow in the quaint village of Myshall.

Roisin Collins and Kirsten Farrell impressed in attack on that afternoon, while the guile of the captain, Elaine Gallery, is priceless.

Dublin's fitness has also been striking, and the competition to make the first XV has also been a spur.

Last term, Dublin won Division 4 of the National League. This time they came close to lifting the Division 3 prize as well.

But becoming All-Ireland champions would do very nicely, thank you. "Yes, winning the All-Ireland has been our focus all year," states Brendan Cooper.

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