Friday 22 September 2017

Dubs on the rampage but Bohan demands more

Dublin 8-13 Laois 2-3

Dublin captain Sinéad Aherne . Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Dublin captain Sinéad Aherne . Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Dublin boss Mick Bohan hailed a 28-point victory over Laois in yesterday's TG4 Leinster ladies senior football championship semi-final in Timahoe - and then challenged his in-form charges to get even better, writes Jackie Cahill.

The Sky Blues blasted out an ominous statement of intent to kick-start their 2017 championship campaign, scoring eight goals to set up another Leinster final with Westmeath on July 9 - the sixth successive year that the holders will contest the provincial showpiece.

Even without Lauren Magee, Deirdre Murphy and Siobhan Woods, Bohan emptied the bench against Laois.

He said: "We've done that all year, that's the way the game has gone. You have 20 players to use and we'll be using 20 in every game.

"We feel we've built a squad over the winter months and there are certainly people fighting for that jersey at the moment."

Dublin were excellent in their first championship game of the season, and led by 5-6 to 1-1 at half-time.

They had 2-4 on the board after just nine minutes before Rachel Williams, one of the better Laois players on show, scored her side's opening point.

But Dublin's forward line was red-hot and by the finish, captain Sinead Aherne had collected 3-4, with Nicole Owens and Sarah McCaffrey grabbing a brace of goals each.

Ciara Burke rattled home a fine effort with ten minutes left for Laois but there was still time for Aherne to complete her hat-trick with a 56th-minute penalty.

SCORERS - Dublin: S Aherne 3-4 (1-0 pen, 1f), S McCaffrey 2-2, N Owens 2-1, N Healy 1-4, A Connolly, L Davey 0-1 each. Laois: A O'Loughlin, C Burke 1-0 each, M Nearney, R Williams & C Conlon (1f) 0-1 each.

DUBLIN - C Trant; R Ruddy, S Finnegan, M Byrne; S Goldrick, N Collins, L Caffrey; O Carey, N McEvoy; C Rowe, N Healy, N Owens; S Aherne, A Connolly, S McCaffrey. Subs: D McKenna for Rowe (h-t), M Lamb for McEvoy (40), L Davey for Connolly (40), S O'Mahony for Caffrey (45), L McGinley for Goldrick (53).

LAOIS - C Dollard; A McEvoy, J McEvoy, M Kirwan; A Potts, M McEvoy, J Dunne; L M Maher, L Nerney; E Fitzpatrick, M Murphy, R Williams; C Simms, A O'Loughlin, E Lawlor. Subs: C Burke for Lawlor (24), E Galvin for Murphy (24), C Conlon for Potts (h-t), A Havell for Williams (42), M Nearney for Fitzpatrick (46).

REF - J Murphy (Carlow).

Irish Independent

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