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Thursday 18 January 2018

Glory for Dublin ladies as they defeat Mayo

Carla Rowe of Dublin celebrates with the Brendan Martin Cup following the TG4 Ladies Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin
Carla Rowe of Dublin celebrates with the Brendan Martin Cup following the TG4 Ladies Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in Dublin

Rory Kerr

Pride of the Naul, Carla Rowe, was a picture of despondency 12 months ago when her disallowed point at Croke Park would ultimately prove the difference between Dublin and Cork in the 2016 final.

Roll on to last Sunday where the Clann Mhuire girl finally vanquished three years of paint with a sublime second half finish past Mayo keeper, Yvonne Byrne, as Dublin finally put to bed those three successive All Ireland final defeats to Cork between 2014 and 2016.

And speaking of that goal that will be the talk of legend forever more down at the Clann Mhuire grounds, Rowe said.

'It was an absolutely peachy ball in from Hannah. She put it on a plate for me and I was able to finish it in the end'.

Rowe who made this year's Lidl National League Division one team of the year had just failed to find the back of the net in the first as she desperately tried to follow in after Noelle Healy's thundering effort had come back off the post.

It was one of several chances that Dublin had prior to the floodgates opening in the last ten minutes when Dublin hit Mayo for three goals through Rowe and Sarah McCaffrey (2) and Rowe never lost faith that Dublin would finish the job in the end.

'Obviously you want them to go in, but we had a game plan and no matter what was going to happen, we were going to stick to it and in the end it did.'

Dublin despite playing with the advantage of two extra players after Mayo had two players sin binned, had gone into the break with a slender three point lead but Rowe stated that this did affect the group as they returned to the pitch for the second half.'We didn't even think about the lead it was a new half and we just took it from there'

And asked about her over-riding feelings after the game Rowe stater. 'After the last three years its all worth it. Its so surreal.'

Fingal Independent

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