Dublin women’s football team shines in pre-leinster final warm-up against Meath


Dublin Women's Football Team Shines in Pre-Leinster Final Warm-Up Against Meath, Concept art for illustrative purpose - Monok

On a sweltering Sunday afternoon in Donnycarney, Dublin delivered a scintillating performance against Meath, showcasing their pace and panache in a resounding 5-13 to 0-8 victory. The scorching heat had fans seeking respite in the shade and queuing for ice cream, but the Dubs were unfazed, displaying a level of intensity that could match the sizzling temperatures.

Leading the charge was Sinéad Goldrick, an ambassador for the Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps and a role model for inclusivity. From the throw-in, she set off at a blistering pace towards the scoreboard end, narrowly missing an early goal. Her powerful strike later rattled the crossbar, a testament to Dublin’s relentless determination and unwavering fitness.

The Dubs’ players left no stone unturned, chasing every loose ball with a tenacity that suggested they were playing for more than just the jersey – they were playing for each other. Any errant pass or shot elicited a look of remorse, as if an apology letter was imminent, showcasing their unwavering commitment to excellence.

The Dublin team shines

Even with a comfortable lead, Dublin’s intensity never wavered.

Late in the game, as Meath attacked, Dublin’s left corner-back, Niamh Crowley, tussled for possession, tumbling but emerging with the ball. Moments later, she found herself on the opposition’s end-line, but unfortunately, the move resulted in an injury that forced her to leave the field for treatment.

Dublin’s defensive prowess was equally impressive, sweeping up every crumb and denying Meath any semblance of sustained pressure. Caitlin Coffey’s terrific block on Amy O’Leary in front of the stand was audible, the vibration of the leather connecting with her gloves echoing through the ground.

While Dublin’s defense stood resolute, their attack displayed flair and finesse. Orlagh Nolan brought drive, while Lauren Magee’s return to the number nine jersey ignited their forward momentum. Nicole Owens, back on the starting blocks, showed the speed of Jesse, lofting in Dublin’s fifth goal with a delicate touch from the outside of her right boot.

Meath had their moments of brilliance, with Orlaith Mallon’s beautiful striking ability, Seona Lynch’s classical style, and Kerrie Cole’s impressive point following a powerful surge by Meadhbh Byrne. However, for much of the duel, the Royals must have felt they were facing the City Globe Trotters, as Dublin’s relentless industry and pace left them chasing shadows.

The match was billed as a dead rubber, but on the grass of the Dublin HQ, the Dubs showed the pace and panache of a Jaguar. They led at halftime, 4-8 to 0-5, with Owens and Carla Rowe scoring goals within the opening six minutes, followed by Jennifer Dunne’s low strike for the third and Caoimhe O’Connor’s fourth.

After the match, the kids gathered around the captain, Carla Rowe, who thanked them for their support and reminded them of the hard work ahead. “Any day you get a win is a good day,” she remarked, “but we know we still have plenty of learnings to take from the game.”

Rowe expressed excitement about the upcoming Leinster final against Meath at Croke Park, stating that playing matches is always beneficial, promising to prepare well for the Leinster final where silverware is up for grabs, as those are the games you want to be involved in.

We’ll prepare well now this week for the Leinster final. When there’s silverware up for grabs, they are the games you want to be involved in.

Carla Rowe

The Dublin captain also acknowledged the potential for a electric atmosphere at Croke Park, recalling the 82,300 fans who attended the recent Leinster rugby match. “It’s brilliant to be playing in Croke Park,” she said, hinting at the possibility of a similar atmosphere for the Dubs one day.

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