Friday 9 December 2016

Brogan: back the jackies

Published 24/09/2010 | 05:00

DUBLIN star Bernard Brogan, a shoo-in for Footballer of the Year award this season, has urged Blues fans to support their women's team in Sunday's TG4 All-Ireland ladies football final.

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Ticket sales in Tyrone are reportedly outnumbering those in the capital by three to one and Brogan has urged Dublin fans to get behind the Jackies, who are still chasing a first senior title after being pipped by a point by Cork last year and losing two other finals since 2000.

"We all know how close the Dublin ladies team came last year, and it would be a massive boost to Dublin GAA if they win their first ever All--Ireland," Brogan said.

"The girls are flying this year and really showed their class to get this far again. Having a big Dublin support there would really lift them, so let's get behind them and hopefully watch them make history."

There is a direct family connection between the two Dublin senior teams as Stephen Cluxton's sister Avril is a key defender for their women.

Like many of this year's All-Ireland finalists in various codes, Dublin ladies have suffered the loss of a crucial player to a cruciate injury.

Veteran full-back Noelle Comyn picked up her serious knee injury in Dublin's opening-round clash against Clare.

Sunday's new-look senior final (4.0) is the first one in six years that hasn't featured Cork, who Tyrone dispatched in the quarter-finals.

Beaten 2009 finalists Limerick take on Louth in the junior final at noon, while Waterford and Donegal battle it out for the intermediate title at 2.0.

Irish Independent

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