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Dublin hoping to lift blue banner in knock-out tie


Aisling Maher

Aisling Maher

Aisling Maher

A fresh breath of optimism swept over the Dublin senior camogie team this season. The former Dublin full-back, John Treacy, was installed as manager, alongside experienced co-pilot, Willie Braine.

Abbotstown became the squad's home. Three times a week. The most professional of set-ups.

Division 1 of the League brought many positives. No wins against Galway, Tipperary and Limerick, but the Dubs were competitive in the matches. No shortage of possession in the games. A kinder bounce of the ball in attack was on everybody's wish-list.

Last Sunday in Coolock, Dave Dunning wore the bib as Dublin began their Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship campaign against Tipperary.

Tipp prevailed, but, once again, the Dubs gave it everything. Five points in it. One goal. Tipp got it. The brilliant Cáit Devane pouncing on a rebound.

Dublin began like the City Express. They saw much of the ball. Creating chances.

"We were determined to give a performance," remarked captain, Hannah Hegarty, who put in a productive midfield shift aongside Muireann Kelleher.

"We were disappointed we didn't come away with anything. But we'll benefit from the fixture and we are still very much in this Championship."

Tomorrow, Dublin travel to Clare. There's a quarter-final place at stake. Clare need to win. A draw would do Dublin as they have the superior scoring difference.

Clashes between the counties have been close. Dublin have a solid and experienced defence. Sinéad Wylde brings drive, and the scent of a goal, up-front.

Dublin's All-Star Aisling Maher excelled against Tipp. Her accuracy from the placed ball was impressive.

Dublin would covet a ticket to the last eight. Galway are defending the O'Duffy Cup and are hoping for a Christmas visit to the capital to see the Croke Park lights.