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Dublin Interim manager Paul Gilheaney. Picture: Pat Murphy/Sportsfile.

Dublin Interim manager Paul Gilheaney. Picture: Pat Murphy/Sportsfile.

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Dublin Interim manager Paul Gilheaney. Picture: Pat Murphy/Sportsfile.

NOT a day to be lingering in Baltic Belfield. Dublin manager, Paul Gilheaney, stopped for a chat.

It had been a testing hour. "Yes, it was a difficult game. Conditions weren't easy for both teams with the wind and the extreme cold," he reflected.

"But we ground out a good result in the end. And it was a grind. That was not an easy game. We had to work very hard out there.

"Tyrone put a lot of pressure on the ball-carrier. They put a lot of pressure on our defence. They were coming at us in waves.

"Yet our defence held strong. I thought it was an excellent defensive performance. I felt we did very well at the edge of the square."

Dublin had to contend with the early loss of the skipper, Sinead Goldrick. "Unfortunately, she picked up a hamstring injury. It was a pity. She was playing extremely well at the time.

"But fair play to the girls. They put in such a big effort to get the win. We are very happy that we got the result.

"We managed to finish strongly. We were able to get on the ball and carry it, and the scores came in the end."

 

Learning

Dublin recorded 13 wides, eight more than Tyrone. The Blues will now host Monaghan next weekend.

Monaghan are the league champions. "It will be another tough one, but, listen, that's why we want to be in Division 1. You want to be playing the best. We are learning all the time.

"There are no easy games in Division 1. We are progressing in every game. The girls are getting to know each other better. The more matches you can play at this level the better. It was a terrific victory against Tyrone. And if we could get another couple of wins, we might even make the play-offs. That would be a bonus."


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