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NO argument in Donnycarney – the draw was a fair result. Dublin 2-10, Cork 2-10.

The game was level eight times. They had eight wides each, and both had late chances to take the prize.

It was an excellent Tesco NFL Division 1 tussle. Genuine home-grown quality. The sun shone on Parnell Park.

The legendary éamonn Ryan was in the building. One of the greatest managers of them all. AIG could look at insuring Valerie Mulcahy's left peg.

Dublin City FM (103.2) broadcast the game live. Mick Hanley and Pablo Gilheaney were in the gantry. Declan Drake was MC and he kept the scores coming for FM104.

St Vincent's and Ballymun Kickhams entertained with mini-games at half-time, and like the main event, the football flowed as freely as the Blue Danube.

Approaching full-time, Cork were pressing hard. Determined Dublin defending denied them. With three minutes left on the clock, Cork were swarming all over Dublin's hall door at the scoreboard end, but the Jackies showed the diligence and the courage of the Irish scrum.

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Just before the close, the maestro Mulcahy had possession to the left of the posts. No better woman, but Sorcha Furlong, in a superb slice of defending, did enough to see the ball to safety.

The hosts were ahead at the break, 2-6 to 1-6. But it was the All-Ireland and league champions that got the opening goal in the 17th minute from number 17, Grace Kearney.

Six minutes before the break, the Dubs pounced for two goals in a minute. Niamh McEvoy opened the window for the first of them, releasing Noelle Healy, whose strike sped to the top left-hand corner.

Then another sharp move concluded with Sinead Aherne arriving like the Malahide Express to guide in the second low to the sack.

Only two minutes had gone on the restart when Kearney was in for her second goal. And on the happy hour went, producing some super football and sparkling scores.

Shots from Lyndsey Davey and Carla Rowe had Dublin ahead by two points on 48 minutes, but two fine efforts from Ciara O'Sullivan tied it up.

Half a loaf each, and good at the price.


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