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Cora too classy for Jackies

CORA'S class will live forever. Cora Staunton -- one of the greatest footballers to have laced a pair of boots.

The Lucozade lady continues to go the extra mile.

She was at her Sunday best against the Dubs in Division 1 of the Bord Gáis Energy National Football League at Ballyheane.

Mayo won by 1-12 to 0-12. Staunton kicked 10 of the points, nine coming from frees.

She would have done more damage only for an excellent display by young Sinead Goldrick of Foxrock Cabinteely.

Curbing the Mayo maestro is one of the hardest tasks in the game. Thirsty work. Sinead passed with honours.

She never let her concentration falter, and Staunton had to graft for every spare yard.

"Staunton is such a special player and she's as good as ever," observed Dublin selector Tommy Brown.

"We gave away a few bad frees, and Staunton just sent them over the bar.

"Yet Sinead did brilliantly. It was a very good display, especially as she was up against such a great footballer."

It was Dublin's first defeat of the season. They beat Cork away and drew at home to Galway last week. Sinead Aherne had another towering game for the Blues. Even Staunton was admiring her quality. Kim Flood also did well.

"Mayo are a good side, but we had our chances. We turned over some good ball but we hit a few wides," reflected Tommy.

"We came back well to draw level, but we just didn't push home the advantage. We weren't able to put them to the pin of their collar.

"But it's still early days. We have Kerry at home in two weeks and we'll focus in on that now."