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Ebbs to let goals flowTYRONE are in town on Sunday. Naomh Mearnóg are hosting the National League Division 1 tie.

Lauren Ebbs is in the Dublin squad. She's a highly talented forward. A footballer with the Sat Nav in the boots.

She plays with Naomh Barróg. She has the knack at arriving to cross the road just as the green man comes on.

She was with the Dublin minors for the last couple of years. She helped them to All-Ireland glory in August.



She scored two fine goals in the final against Tyrone. She wasn't rushing to put her deeds on Facebook.

"It's always nice to get goals, but it's all down to the work of my team-mates. I was lucky in that my minor team-mates gave me great service. We worked well as a team."

Earlier in that campaign, Laura, coming off the bench, hit five goals against Louth at the homely O'Dwyer's venue in Balbriggan. Again, there was no sign of a packet of tweets.

Her ambition was plain and simple – to get onto the Dublin senior squad. And she was quick to make her mark (1-1) as Dublin opened their league journey with a win against Meath at Russell Park. She is in good company. Playing alongside Sinead Aherne, a player can only learn. And Lauren is learning quickly.

Lauren was always a forward. She is also an accomplished soccer and hockey player. Her favourite footballer is Bernard Brogan. "He's just class."

Life is good at Barróg. She has been there since she was six. It's a great club. "We got promoted. Things are going well there.



"You can see the rise in standards in ladies football. And that's not just at inter-county level. It's in the club game as well."

Winning the All-Ireland minor crown will always have a place in her heart.

"Yes, it was just brilliant to win it, especially after we lost the final in 2011. That group had been together since under-11, so that made it extra special. It was our last year together, and to win it was just unreal.

"We were more friends than team-mates. The spirit that was in that group between management and players was just something to behold. It was a privilege to have been a part of it."

She is joined on Dublin's senior panel by four of her minor colleagues – Emma McDonagh, Leah Caffrey, Siobhan Woods and Deirdre Murphy.