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Saturday 14 December 2019

Dublin and Kerry seek Croke Park semi ticket

Mick Bohan. Pic: Sportsfile
Mick Bohan. Pic: Sportsfile

THE prize is a big one at O'Connor Park, Tullamore today (4.45).

The chance to play Cork in the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final. The mighty Cork.

The first time ever that HQ will host the last four in the Ladies Gaelic Football Championship.

Dublin know the venue well. And Kerry have also had their days in the sun. They had one of the greatest teams of all. Nine Championship titles in succession. Back in the electric eighties.

Dublin have brought home the Brendan Martin Cup for the last two years. Before that, it was Cork who dominated the game.

The Dubs have been getting better as the summer has progressed. As the boss-man, Mick Bohan, says: "It's all about playing the games."

Dublin won their eight successive Leinster title this term. They beat Westmeath in the final. Westmeath played well.

Last week, Kerry overcame Westmeath to reach the quarter-final. There were only two points in it.

They have some respected performers. The likes of Lorraine Scanlon, Sarah Houlihan and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh.

This will be their tallest task of the season. Dublin work so hard.

Against Monaghan in Parnell Park the last day, it was Dublin's industry that was among their most admirable features.

Full-forward, Lyndsey Davey, coming deep to retrieve the ball. And when they get possession, Dublin rarely waste it.

Right corner-back, Éabha Rutledge, excelled against Monaghan. And the side was boosted by the return from injury of their inspirational captain, Sinéad Aherne.

Dublin have such an assured look about them. They play the game on the front foot. And they have so much pace. Lauren Magee, Carla Rowe and Noelle Healy can open doors in their energiser boots.

VERDICT: Dublin

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