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Ciara challenges Dubs to lick Cats

THE Cats won't be bringing the Easter Eggs, but they'll be planning to leave with the cream.

It's Dublin's third game in Division 1 of the National League. They are hoping to reproduce their heroics against Tipperary.

Dublin beat Tipp in a Parnell Park thriller. Nobody could remember when the Dubs last had such a victory in the top tier.

The texts and the tweets went into overdrive. The goodwill flowed. People were pleased for the Dubs. They had endured too many years in the shade.

"That was a very good performance," says Dublin's attacking ace, Ciara Berkeley.

"The whole team played well in that match."

Ciara is among the new generation that brings hope to the Blues. She has injected pace and panache to the Dublin forward line.

She hopes that Sunday will mark another step along the road. "We lost away to Galway the last day. They are a very good side, but we'll battle to pick it up again now," states Ciara.

"Home advantage will be a help. Kilkenny will be strong. But we'll be giving it our best."

The Dublin girls have been putting in the hard miles in training.

Last season, under the Croke Park lights, Kilkenny won in a canter. But 12 months on, Dublin are in a different place.

"The win against Tipp really improved our confidence. It was brilliant to win a match like that," reflected Ciara, who will still be eligible for the minor grade again next year.