Dublin back on right roadMEMORIES of a September Sunday. Dublin v Tyrone. History is made.
Croke Park applauds the Jackies. Denise Masterson holds aloft the Brendan Martin Cup.
That was in 2010. There was no red carpet in Killyclogher last Sunday as the sides met again.
The margin was considerably closer on this occasion -- 0-12 to 1-6 for the Dubs in Division 1 of the Bord Gáis Energy National Football League.
These days Gemma Fay is captain of the Blue Ship Enterprize, and she delivered a performance to be proud of.
She decorated her contribution with a point. She was one of nine different scorers on the Dublin team, a fact that cheered Peter Clarke and his cohorts, Angie McNally, Colm Kearney, Cathy Gallagher, Pat Ring, Marie Denvir and Stephen Harbron.
Another positive was the return of Amy Ring following two months out injured. And a major plus once more was the true grit of the capital girls.
"It was sheer persistence that got us through," judged Dubs selector, Pat Ring.
"It was such a tight game. Hard work enabled us to come out on the right side of the result."
Dublin will be on the road again next Sunday when they face Donegal. "It's another long journey. The venue is just outside Letterkenny, but we'll look forward to it.
"Last Sunday's win makes it three wins out of four in the National League, so we are going in the right direction," adds Pat.
"It was a very good display. And with the unlimited substitution rule, we brought on six subs."
The visitors used the subs to full advantage after the interval. At the break they trailed by 1-4 to 0-4.
Dublin's first-half scorers were Olivia Leonard, Sinead Goldrick, Amy McGuinness and Colleen Barrett.
Tyrone scored a point in the first minute of the match but they didn't score again until the 28th minute. And it was their late charge before the tea that put them ahead.
"We had dominated the first half, yet those late first-half scores brought Tyrone right back into it. But the changes we made after half-time made the difference.
"We brought on attacking forwards, we moved things around a bit, and thankfully we managed to get the result."
The pace and drive of Siobhan Woods and Orlaith Egan injected adventure, and it confirmed the scoring potential that is in the squad.
League wins have also been achieved against Kildare and Meath, while the loss to Cork was a close one. It suggests a pretty favourable report card on the return of the Dubs to Division 1.
DUBLIN: E Merrigan; G O'Malley, S Treacy, S O' Mahony; F Hudson, S McGrath, G Fay (0-1); S Goldrick (0-1), D Masterson; C Barrett (0-1), N McEvoy, A McGuinness (0-1); O Leonard (0-1), C Murphy, S Aherne (0-4). Subs: A Clarke (0-1), S Woods (0-1), O Egan (0-1), A Ring, A McKenna, C O'Connor.