Twomey: Blues were desperate to put it up to Model CountyDUBLIN had beaten the All-Ireland champions, Wexford. When was the last time a Dublin team could claim the distinction of toppling the O'Duffy Cup holders?
But there were no wild scenes of celebration. Dublin know too well the perils of the Ides of March. Laura Twomey had a cracking game.
Dublin clocked in early. They had brought the overalls. Wexford hadn't named their strongest hand. Dublin sensed that, perhaps, Wexford felt they felt the points were guaranteed. The feeling added to Dublin's sense of purpose.
"Maybe they thought they were going to win, no matter what team they fielded, so we were determined to put it up to them," reflected Laura. "The girls put in such an effort. It's a big boost to us. We have never beaten Wexford in the league before.
"They are the All-Ireland champions. They know what it's all about at the top level, so it's a big thing for us to get a win against them. Yet at the same time, nobody is getting carried away. It's early days yet. It's only the second league game. We have to push on from this."
And push on they will. The way they battled for every crumb confirms that attitude won't be a problem.
The Blues were well primed for the hard grind. "We have finished eight weeks of 'Strongman' training. That was tough going, but it was very beneficial," relates Laura.
"We are back on the grass now working on our skills, so we'll keep going as best we can. We have a good spirit in the squad. Everybody puts in the work."
Back home on the lush green fields of the North County, Laura and her Nh Mearnóg colleagues are also putting in the hard miles. She helped Mearnog to their historic first Dublin Senior A Championship when they beat Good Counsel at the Iveagh Grounds in 2009.
Now, they want to get back on the podium. They have a new manager in PJ Donohue. "PJ is a top manager, so hopefully we can benefit from that. We had some good performances last year and I think we are improving all the time."