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Monday 18 December 2017

Lyndsey's return a big boost for Bohan

Lyndsey Davey of Dublin in action against Martha Carter of Mayo during the Lidl Ladies Football National League Round 6 match earlier this year at Croke Park, in Dublin. Davey has made a welcome return to competitive action ahead of the Waterford game
Lyndsey Davey of Dublin in action against Martha Carter of Mayo during the Lidl Ladies Football National League Round 6 match earlier this year at Croke Park, in Dublin. Davey has made a welcome return to competitive action ahead of the Waterford game

Rory Kerr

It's been 10 years since Dublin last met Waterford in the championship when a team which included current team members Sinead Aherne and Sinead Finnegan overcame the Deise by a point prior to crashing out to Cork at the quarter-final stage.

The fate of the two counties have varied in the intervening years. Dublin would achieve All-Ireland glory three years later with victory over Tyrone, but for Waterford it's been a long road of redemption.

Nonetheless, under manager Pat Sullivan this current squad, having come together in 2014, have made steady progress which began with victory over Tipperary in the All Ireland Intermediate championship in 2015.

Last year was also an eventful one for the Munster girls. A late 30-metre free from Maria Delahunty would see them capture the Lidl Ladies Division 3 title in dramastic style against Tipperary, while they would bounce back from a six-point defeat to Cork in the Munster Championship to send Armagh crashing out of the provincial series.

Wins over Cork and Kerry in the knock out stages of the provincial series singled them out as a up and coming team and while the Kingdom would pip them to the post in the Munster final courtesy of two late frees from Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh, it didn't take them long to bounce back with a late Aileen Wall goal earning them a last gasp victory over Cavan in the back door qualifiers.

Dublin selector Sorcha Farrelly believes that Waterford will provide Dublin will some stern opposition when the two teams face off against each other this Saturday.

'We would have watched them against Kerry, they only lost to two late frees, so they are a team that will play right up until the final minutes. They are a strong and physical team, but at the end of the day we have to just focus on our own performance.'

While Dublin enjoyed a mixed league campaign which would eventually see them go out to Cork at the semi-final stage, their dominance in Leinster shows no signs of abating.

Last month saw them lift their sixth successive provincial crown with a 19-point victory over Westmeath, but Farrelly believes Dublin played within themselves at times on the day.

'I don't think we played to our full potential, but the girls were still full of running at the end. We are very mindful of keeping up that intensity, especially with girls we have coming off the bench''

Since that win, there has been no let-up, with three weeks of action in the club championship, and while manager Mick Bohan expressed concerns about the pressure those additional games might put on his team's intercounty preparations, he will have been happy to have seen forward Lyndsey Davey come through 60 minutes of action with Skerries Harps in their recent Intermediate semi-final with Maur's.

Davey sat out this year's Leinster campaign because of injury and her return to competitive action is good news as Dublin enter the business end of the championship.

Fingal Independent

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