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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Dubs star Molly Lamb feeling the buzz for Sunday's showdown with Cork

15 May 2014; Molly Lamb, Dublin, in action against Kate Byrne, Meath. Aisling McGing Ladies U21 Football Final, Dublin v Meath, Clane, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE
15 May 2014; Molly Lamb, Dublin, in action against Kate Byrne, Meath. Aisling McGing Ladies U21 Football Final, Dublin v Meath, Clane, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE

THE good vibrations are bouncing along the Stillorgan dual-carriageway.

Molly Lamb hopes they extend all the way into Croke Park on Sunday for the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship final (4.0).

It’s a repeat of last September when Cork got off the floor to beat the Dubs in the most remarkable of recoveries.

Molly plays in the Dublin midfield. She’s having a cracking season. Minding the house, and breaking for the hall door.

As the clocks ticks down to Sunday, the expectation rises.

“Yes, there’s a real buzz around,” she says. “There was a big crowd there last year, and we’d be hoping for another large attendance this time.

“The match is in Dublin, so that’s handy for Dublin people.”

And for those that have never been there before, Molly says they are in for a big surprise.

“Some people might not know a lot about Ladies Football, but once they go and see it, they can really develop a big liking for it.

“It’s getting a bigger profile, but it deserves more recognition. It’s a matter of getting the sport out there in the public eye as much as possible.

“People that see a game, appreciate it and value the sport even more.”

Produce

Dublin and Cork clashes always produce a delightful serving of Afternoon Tea.

And this contest should be no different. “It’s a massive day,” relates Molly.

“We don’t get to play in Croke Park all that often, so we are lucky we are now back there for the second year running.”    

She can feel the tension building. “It’s more of a nervous excitement.”

Molly could well wheel away a few hours at the FBD All-Ireland Kilmacud Crokes Under-14 Sevens on Saturday. These are busy times for Molly’s mum, Daphne, the Chairperson of the Kilmacud Ladies Football section.

Molly’s father, Pat, is a dedicated Crokes man, and her brother, Conor, was one of the finest defenders in Dublin football.

“It’s nice for the club because we have a few more girls on the squad this season,” states Molly, who is joined by Philippa Green, Eabha Rutledge and Lauren Magee.

“There have been a few changes to the Dublin team this year. It’s like a new-look team in many ways. But we have gelled well.

“We have a lot of respect for Cork, but the main thing is that we just focus on ourselves and getting our own game right.”

1Tickets for the All Ireland final are available to purchase via www.tickets.ie and from select Centra and Supervalu stores Adults €25, students/senior citizens €10, U14s €5. Tickets are also available from LGFA Office Phone: 01-8363156.

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