Tuesday 20 March 2018

Seconds count in Cavan scalp

THERE was a breeze in Raytown that would have cut a Batch Loaf. Clanna Gael Fontenoy had the soup on the stove. It was welcome.

So was Dublin's handsome win against Cavan in Division 4 of the National League. Only for Cavan custodian, Orlaith Prior, Dublin might have had more in the kitty.

Dublin's own 'keeper, Stephanie Carthy, also had to make a cluster of smart saves. And the home defence also shone under the Ringsend lights.

Ellen Keatley and Niamh Drummond purred in Dublin's midfield, while in attack, Elaine Gallery and Joelenne Hoary were carrying magic wands. The Blues turned the coast into Wednesday Wonderland.

Dubs mentor, Gerry McGough, was pleased. "That's two wins from two now, so it's a good start to the League.


"We beat Wicklow comprehensively. Cavan proved a little tougher. They got off the bus and they looked like they were going to run us off the park. But once our girls settled to the pace of the game, we did well."

Dublin's fitness was impressive. "This is the first time in years that Dublin's second team is being given such attention. We held trials before Christmas, which is unusual in itself, and they we were training immediately after.

"We have a strong squad. We believe in them. They are from many different clubs. We have many sessions under our belt now."

These Dubs have got inspiration from the hurlers and indeed the county's senior camogie team.

"Dublin winning the National Hurling League last year created such excitement. We are trying to follow in their footsteps.

"Then at half-time against Wicklow we heard the news that our senior camogie side were beating Tipp. The girls got such a boost."

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