Dublin show pride but the Tribes reign
MUNDY'S music filled the air. There was no doubting the Galway girls.
For Dublin, it was a long way from Tipperary and that memorable gig in Parnell Park.
The Ballinasloe Horse Fair was not on, but the Dublin boss, Denis Murphy, admitted: "In the first half, we just weren't at the races."
It was Dublin's second outing in Division 1 of the National League. Following the uplifting result against Tipp in their opening tie, optimism travelled with the Dubs along the N17.
But Galway sprinted to victory, 1-17 to 0-6. Denis had no complaints. "We trailed by 0-13 to 0-1 at half-time, although we had the breeze and the slight slope.
"We didn't perform at all in that first half. We just didn't show up. But in fairness to the girls, the second half was much better.
"And that's the small consolation we'll take from the game. Yet it was still disappointing. We let the game run away from us.
"We'll learn from it. We are still very much a work in progress and we'll take whatever lessons we can from Sunday.
"Our next outing is at home to Kilkenny on Easter Sunday."
Dublin's triumph over Tipp in Donnycarney was embraced throughout the county and country. It was Dublin's first win at the top level in a month of Sunday's.
The aim was to build on that for the Galway test, but in Duggan Park the blistering start of the hosts proved telling.
Still, there were plenty of Blue credits to put on the report sheet.
Grainne Quinn was outstanding at centre half-back. She was consistent from pillar to post. And her assured contribution gives hope for the fences ahead.
Full-back Tara Corrigan also excelled. She managed to curb the graceful Brenda Hanney, the prolific score-smith. Laura Twomey also put in a worthy hour. She began at midfield and was equally as impressive when she retreated to the back of the house.
"Galway are a super side. They beat Cork in their last match. They are absolutely flying," judged Denis. "They lost the last two All-Ireland finals. Some people would say they should have won one of them. And I'm sure they are very determined to make up for that."
DUBLIN: H Cosgrave; A Cushen, T Corrigan, E O'Meara; F Hayes, G Quinn, C Power; L Twomey, L O'Hara; C Burgess, A Murphy, M O'Gorman (0-5, 4f); C Berkeley (0-1), A Fanning, A Twomey. Subs used: A Carolan, A Maguire, M Moynihan, S Ryan, E Whyte.