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Dublin's Lyndsey Davey is pressured by Joanne Geoghegan of Monaghan. Picture: GAApics.com

Dublin's Lyndsey Davey is pressured by Joanne Geoghegan of Monaghan. Picture: GAApics.com

Dublin's Lyndsey Davey is pressured by Joanne Geoghegan of Monaghan. Picture: GAApics.com

LYNDSEY DAVEY can still remember the anticipation. The nerves and excitement dancing in equal measure. Her senior debut for Dublin.

It was back in 2004. Donegal in the All-Ireland Senior Championship quarter-final. "It was a big game for Dublin. Donegal really put it up to us. It was very tight," she said.

So tight that it extended to extra-time. Only a couple of minutes remained. Lyndsey got on the ball, turned and passed to Angie McNally. The great Angie rattled the net. Job done.

John O'Leary was the manager. Dublin reached the All-Ireland final. Things were looking cosy at the tea. But Galway were magnificent in the second half.

The previous year, under Mick Bohan, the Dubs were pipped right on the line by Mayo in the All-Ireland final. Those days carry the sound of distant drums now.

"The sport has changed so much. There is such a massive focus on strength and conditioning. A much more professional element has come into it," Davey added.

"Players have to put in huge time. You are almost training five days a week now when you factor in a couple of gym sessions. Players have busy weeks, especially with work and study commitments also.

"It's good to see. You see what Cork have brought to the game. They have raised the bar for everybody. They have won eight out of the last nine All-Ireland titles."

Since the All Star forward first put on the Dublin boots, women's sport has also altered considerably. Katie Taylor is the people's champion.

"The Irish women's rugby team have also got so much publicity after they won the Grand Slam. They have got massive coverage. Their games are being covered live on radio and television, and it's wonderful to see them playing at the likes of Twickenham and Lansdowne Road.

"For us, it was a big boost to get the AIG sponsorship. It was good promotion for the team."

STRONG

Davey was a top soccer player herself. She played for Ireland. Soccer was strong at her school, Skerries Community College.

But she had to make a choice. And now she is vice-captain of the Jackies. "Yes, that's a nice honour to get."

New manager Gregory McGonigle has made a quick impact.

"He settled straight in. He has got a big response from the girls. There's a positive atmosphere in the camp, and hopefully we can keep things going."

So far so good. Plenty of Tesco points on the credit card. Joint top of Division 1. And life is also looking brighter back on the coast. Skerries Harps will be fielding again at adult level this season.

Last term, Lyndsey and her sister Rebecca, the Dublin U21, 'guested' for Fingallians. They helped Fins secure a historic double – Division 1 and Senior Championship titles.

"It was very enjoyable playing with Fingallians. The standard in the senior championship was so high. But Skerries is where the heart is and that is where it all started for me. I'm really looking forward to getting back out with the club," she continued.

A new clubhouse is also on the way. "That is going to be marvellous for the club and the area. There's terrific underage development going on."

The kids won't have to look far for inspiration. Lyndsey is one of the finest forwards in the game. And so deeply valued in the city, and in the town, she loves so well.


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