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Dubs' defeat of Cork a boost ahead of Tribes visit

THE Mundy Sound is coming to the capital on Sunday.

The Galway girls will travel to meet the Jackies in Division 1 of the Bord Gáis Energy National Football League.

The fixture will take place in Dublin's home from home, Naomh Mearnóg in Portmarnock (2.0).

Dublin's morale will be up following their excellent 1-12 to 3-3 win in Fermoy last Sunday.

Gerry McGill couldn't have asked for a better start to business, but he knows it's only one step on a very long road.

The Dubs have been making a habit of beating the Rebels in the Group stage of the League. "Yes, that's the third time that we have beaten Cork in the League," states Dublin County secretary, Eugene Egan.

"We won in Mallow in 2008, in Portmarnock last season and again on Sunday. It's never easy winning in Cork and it's a nice way to begin the campaign.

"The girls will be buoyed up by that, and a victory like that should create that extra bit of interest in the team. We hope to see a big crowd following them this year and the good news from Cork should help in that regard."

The Blues worked hard to get the result, and the display was back-boned by impressive defending.

Cork only managed a single score in the second half -- a goal from Deirdre O'Reilly.

Further up the field, Sinead Aherne and Noelle Healy gave Cork plenty to think about.



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Aherne, the All-Star, has long been a Dublin diamond. Her presence meant so much in Dublin's memorable 2009 march.

Healy hit Dublin's goal. They were level at the interval -- 1-6 to 2-3 -- Cork's goals coming from the majestic Valerie Mulcahy, the first of them from a penalty. Nobody strikes a penalty better than Valerie.

Healy played a generous part in the heroics of St Brigid's as they swept through Dublin and Leinster and, like the Dubs, they came within a finger nail of All-Ireland Intermediate Club glory.

She was on the button again as Dublin laced together six second-half points -- Lyndsey Davey (2), Aherne, Niamh Hurley and Gemma Fay were also on the mark.

Following the success on Leeside, it looks like Galway, a highly respected team who defeated Kerry on Sunday, will have to sing for their supper this Sunday.


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