Monday 11 December 2017

County chief is cheered with spirited showing

DISAPPOINTMENT was written all over the face of the Dublin boss, Shane O'Brien.

Dublin had fallen to their first defeat of the season, but it wasn't for the want of trying.

"It was a pity we didn't get something out of the game. We had the opportunity to do so," reflected Shane.

"We lacked a bit of composure. But maybe that comes with experience.

"You could see the way Cork played in the end. They didn't panic. They showed all their experience.

"But we have to be realistic. We were up against the All-Ireland champions, and we have come a long way."

There was a solid structure to the Dubs. The defence had installed treble-glazing.

Catriona Power (pictured) played superbly at right corner-back. If they were giving out a Player-of-the-Match award, she would have been high on the leader board.

Dublin had beaten Derry at home and Clare away. Clare reached last year's Division 1 League final.

"We are pleased enough with our start to the League, winning two from three. And it's Kilkenny away this weekend.

"These are great matches to get. The standard against Cork was very good. The girls were disappointed in the dressing-room.

"But we were competitive, and we were there or there-abouts towards the end, so we'll take the positives from that."

The Blues will head to the home of the Cats with no lack of confidence in the locker. Kilkenny reached last year's All-Ireland final, but the Dubs are well capable of giving them a game.

More than a game.

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