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Sunday 19 August 2018

Woods finds her groove as nine-point masterclass destroys Donegal

ON Saturday, Siobhan Woods was a minor marvel. Nine points in the purse out in O'Dwyer's. Then on Sunday, she covered every blade of grass in Donegal to earn the player-of-the-match accolade.

Siobhan worked hard for her supper. And so too did the rest of her colleagues in the 5-11 to 1-7 win, Dublin's fourth in Division 1 of the Bord Gáis Energy NFL.

"We are very pleased," noted Pat Ring. "The girls put in a tremendous effort and their fitness levels are very impressive.

"It was a very positive performance. We are getting better by the week. Things are really beginning to gel. Our defence did well, Sineád Goldrick and Denise Masterson knitted nicely at midfield, and our forwards really clicked.

"We had eight different scorers. We again took advantage of the unlimited sub rule, and overall it was a very solid performance. It's a work in progress, but we are getting there."

DUBLIN: C O'Connor; S O'Mahony, S Treacy, G O'Malley; G Fay, S McGrath, F Hudson; S Goldrick (1-1), D Masterson; A Clarke, N McEvoy (1-0), S Woods (0-2); O Egan (0-1), S Aherne (2-5), A Ring (0-1). Subs used: O Leonard (1-0), N Owens (0-1), C Murphy, C Barrett, A McKenna, A Barrett, A McGuinnes, N Hyland.

Meanwhile, the Na Fianna captain, Lorraine O'Sullivan, has sent out the warning that the Glasnevin Gladiators want to win more gold.

Last year was the most successful season in their history as they collected the Fab Four -- the Dublin treble of Cup, league and championship, plus the Leinster title.

"The girls take deep pride in wearing the jersey," says Lorraine. "The squad worked so hard all year and we achieved more than we could have ever imagined. But now we are more hungry for success than ever. And we are all looking forward to getting back into competitive action in the next few weeks. We were thrilled that so many people came to our awards night. We owe everyone such a big thanks for supporting us, especially during the campaign when we needed them most."

The Na Fianna chairman, Des Dolan, stated that "the year will live long in the memories of all the club members".

The Ladies President, Pat Quill, was also present. "The display of trophies was very impressive. It will spur the girls on even more to try and go that one step further next year and win the All-Ireland," remarked Pat.

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