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Sinéad Aherne of Dublin in action against Leona Ryder of Mayo during the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship qualifier. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Sinéad Aherne of Dublin in action against Leona Ryder of Mayo during the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship qualifier. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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Sinéad Aherne of Dublin in action against Leona Ryder of Mayo during the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship qualifier. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Sinead Aherne was on her way to the dressing-room. She stopped. She always has the time of day.

"The conditions were tough out there, especially in the first half," said the Dublin captain. "Certainly, they were different conditions than what we have all been training in over the last few weeks."

Sinéad left the Hyde with five points in the pocket. And with her thoughts now turning to Kerry in the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship quarter-final.

She was happy with the day's effort.

"We knew Mayo would present us with a good challenge. They are always very tenacious.

"When you play Mayo, you always know you have been in a good game. And we just managed to pull away in the end. But we know we still have a lot of work to do, so it's a matter now of knuckling down and preparing for the quarter-final."

Sinéad was involved in Dublin's opening goal four minutes before half-time. Carla Rowe played her in. Sinéad's shot was saved by Sorcha Murphy, with Niamh McEvoy speeding in like the Malahide Express.

Noelle Healy's lofted shot brought Dublin's second goal two minutes after half-time.

Four minutes later, Fiona Doherty palmed in Mayo's goal to leave Mayo only trailing by a point. Grace Kelly's free tied it up.

But on 51 minutes. Dublin got their third goal with a dipping strike from Nicole Owens.

And the Blues concluded the game in style, hitting the last four points in succession.

They came off the boots of Aherne (2), Healy and Lyndsey Davey. The hooter sounded. Anddown came the rain again.