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Tuesday 14 August 2018

agony for dub girls

Rebels come from ten points down to edge it

CORK climbed up off the canvas. They are masters of the art.

Eamonn Ryan came into the press room at Croke Park following yesterday's TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship final.

And just as he was about to start his post-match interview, his mobile phone went off in his pocket.

He let it ring away. He'd tend to it later. The messages of congratulation were pouring in from Leeside.

The greatest team of the modern era - perhaps of all time - had done it again. Ten points down, but they ground it out. Like all the great champions.

Gregory McGonigle, the Dublin manager, hid his disappointment.

"I said to Eamonn (Ryan) after the match that if himself and Brian Cody retired, the rest of us might have a chance of winning something!"

The capital chief had huge praise for the Dubs. "We'll be back," he announced.

"People wrote off Dublin. They gave us no chance of putting up a performance. But the girls put in a serious effort.

"Cork have won nine of the last ten All-Ireland's. We knew we had to keep going till the final whistle."

The Blues were bristling in the first half as they attacked the Hill 16 end. They were 1-7 to 0-4 ahead at the break.

The goal had come midway through as Lindsay Peat burst through and finished with a firm left-footed strike.

Peat shook the cobwebs again five minutes into the second period as she thundered in a strike from a tight angle on the left. Dublin's pace and energy had the champs in real trouble.

Rhona Ni Bhuachalla lifted their spirits with a goal, and, remarkably, they were level on 54 minutes following Eimear Scally's strike.

2-11 each. Siobhan Woods edged Dublin ahead. Ciara O'Sullivan equalised and then the magnificent Geraldine O'Flynn send over the golden shot.

"We played poorly in the first half," reflected Ryan. "We kicked a lot of wides.

"Dublin were playing well.

At half-time, I thought we were still in it, but we had a lot of work to do.

"The at the start of the second half, I felt we were in serious trouble when we were ten points down.

"We decided to rotate things. The people that came on played out of their skins. And I thought that was the kernel of the recovery."

SCORERS - Cork: V Mulcahy 0-6 (2f), R Ni Bhuachalla 1-1, E Scally 1-0, G O'Flynn 0-3, O Finn 0-2, C O'Sullivan 0-1. Dublin: L Peat 2-0, L Davey, S Aherne (1f) 0-3 each, N Healy, C Rowe 0-2 each, S Goldrick, S Woods 0-1 each.

CORK: M O'Brien; R Phelan, Angela Walsh, B Stack; V Foley, D O'Reilly, G O'Flynn; R Buckley, B Corkery; Annie Walsh, C O'Sullivan, O Farmer; V Mulcahy, G Kearney, O Finn. Subs: N Cleary for Annie Walsh (ht); R Ni Bhuachalla for Kearney (42); E Scally for Finn (50).

DUBLIN: C O'Connor; R Ruddy, S Furlong, L Caffrey; S Finnegan, S Goldrick, S McGrath; D Masterson, M Lamb; N Healy, N Hyland, C Rowe; L Davey, S Aherne, L Peat. Subs: S Woods for Hyland (45); E McDonagh for Rowe (45); S McCaffrey for Lamb (53); L Collins for Furlong (56); N McEvoy for Healy (57).

REF: M Farrelly (Cavan)

WIDES - Cork: 18 (10+8). Dublin: 6 (5+1).

CONDITIONS: Ideal.

ATT: 27,374

PLAYER OF THE MATCH: Geraldine O'Flynn (Cork)

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