Sunday 4 December 2016

Dubs wise to opt against appeal - Masterson

Jackie Cahill

Published 27/09/2016 | 02:30

Despite Dublin’s third successive final defeat to Cork, Masterson still envisages a bright
future for a team with an average age of just 23. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
Despite Dublin’s third successive final defeat to Cork, Masterson still envisages a bright future for a team with an average age of just 23. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

All-Ireland winning captain Denise Masterson believes that Dublin have made the right decision in not appealing for a replay of Sunday's final defeat to Cork.

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Masterson (37) skippered Dublin to their one and only Brendan Martin Cup success in 2010 and she says that the current crop had enough chances to beat a Cork team that were "there for the taking" at Croke Park - irrespective of the Carla Rowe 'point' that was ruled out.

Masterson said: "Dublin could have won it in the first half with all the possession they had. They had an awful lot of wides - I thought Cork were there for the taking.

"Dublin were flat in the second half but credit to Cork, they just keep on coming. The Dublin backs were super but the forwards didn't convert enough."

But despite Dublin's third successive final defeat to Cork, Masterson still envisages a bright future for a team with an average age of just 23.

She explained: "Unfortunately after 2010, we lost a big cohort, not like the way Cork lose one or two a year. We lost too many in 2010 and the average age then was 30 or over."

Masterson acknowledges that it was "fairly obvious" that Rowe's point was inside the posts, but she feels that Dublin should now concentrate on dusting themselves down and going again next year.

She added: "You wouldn't blame them yesterday (for being angry). Imagine how they were feeling, but in the cold light of day, it's a better option not to (appeal).

"I don't think anyone thought it was going to be overturned anyway. A lot of people would have thrown a lot of stuff back at Dublin in regards to missed chances and it might have become a bit of a sideshow.

"They lost by a point and a point wasn't given. It seemed fairly obvious that it was over, but they're making the right decision.

"Maybe other people think they're entitled to a replay but they just have to let it go now and build again for next year."

Dublin will now put forward a motion to LGFA Congress next year calling for the introduction of Hawk-Eye and Masterson says that is has to happen.

She added: "Why wouldn't it be used for the ladies as well? While the facility is there, make use of it."

And Masterson has urged Dublin manager Greg McGonigle not to rush into any rash decisions over his future. The Derry native suffered his fifth final defeat against Cork as a manager last Sunday - two with Monaghan and three with the Dubs.

And Masterson said: "He's done a great job. I doubt he'll make any rash decisions and he's very much enjoying being part of Dublin football. He'll stay on in some capacity."

Irish Independent

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