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Healy steers Blues home

OUT on Parnell's all-weather surface on Sunday afternoon, Dublin were bright and breezy.

It was their first competitive fixture since August. There wasn't a hint of rust.

Three Tesco National Football League Division 1 points in the basket, and richly deserved too – Dublin 3-9 Kerry 0-7.

A tighter contest was predicted. Kerry had beaten Tyrone by ten points in their opening tie. Dublin's fixture with Monaghan had been called off.

Yet Dublin's industry and accuracy won the day hands down. They never put the feet up.

The wind played a principal factor. Dublin had it in the first half. They engineered an electric start. They led at the tea, 3-7 to 0-2.

A big Kerry response was then expected. The Kingdom did have more of the ball, but Dublin's defending was just too good.

They showed the zest of the Irish rugby team. Every crumb was pounced on. Sorcha Furlong won some terrific ball. And Rachel Ruddy also led the way.

It was chilly in Coolock. Those looking on from inside the clubhouse were the lucky ones.


They saw the first goal after 10 minutes. Sinéad Aherne, with a clever pass, released Noelle Healy, and Noelle guided her shot inside the left-hand post.

Five minutes later, the Brigid's Bolt had her second goal. Her initial shot was blocked by goalkeeper, Amanda Brosnan, but Noelle put the second invitation through the letter box.

And inside two minutes, the Jackies had their third goal when Carla Rowe's tidy finish had the cheers stretching back to the North County.

Dublin decorated their work with a cluster of points, the pick of which came from Aherne and Siobhán Woods.

So secure was the home cover in the second period that Kerry were denied a decent look at Hannah Tyrell's kitchen window.

And despite their defensive duties, the Dubs were still able to work the ball out and clip over two further points from the impressive Rowe and Aherne.

The Laune Rangers trio, Sarah Jane Joy, Sarah Houlihan and Patrice Dennehy, were the Kerry scorers. In contrast, the hosts had seven different scorers, with the fabulous Furlong, Niamh McEvoy and Lyndsey Davey also finding the dart board.