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 Sinead Goldrick, Dublin and 2012 Allstars, in action against Fiona McHale, Mayo. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Sinead Goldrick, Dublin and 2012 Allstars, in action against Fiona McHale, Mayo. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Sinead Goldrick, Dublin and 2012 Allstars, in action against Fiona McHale, Mayo. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

IT'S getting ever closer to the business end of Tesco National League Division 1. The Jackies travel to Tyrone on Sunday.

Dubs boss Gregory McGonigle is anxious to keep the kettle boiling.

Dublin remain the only unbeaten side in the top tier. They have had three wins and two draws.

"The two draws could have gone either way. We could have won or lost those games against Monaghan and Cork.

"Those two sides contested last year's All-Ireland final, so that is the standard that we are at," said Gregory.

"Our aim is to keep on learning and progressing. The league is important. Look at the likes of Cork.

"They have won seven National League titles since 2005 and it hasn't stopped them from winning All-Irelands.

Confidence

"The league is valuable for momentum and for building confidence. It is always a help when you get a decent league run."

The Blues have toppled Kerry, Donegal and Mayo, with Monaghan now setting the pace following their victory over Donegal last weekend.

Victory over Tyrone would confirm the Jackies semi-final ticket.

"We are happy enough. Our last match against Cork was a good one, and it extended our unbeaten run," McGonigle added.

"Our target was to finish in the top four. There is still a lot of football to be played. Securing the semi-final place is the priority.

"But there is high quality there – the likes of Kerry, Mayo, Monaghan and Cork. If we make the semi-final, it will be tough no matter who we get."

Gregory is enjoying life by the Liffey.

"We set high standards and the girls have responded. It is always nice when you work on something on the training field and to see it come off in a match situation.

"Possession is critical at this level. If you give the ball away to the likes of Cork, they usually hurt you at the far end of the pitch."


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