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Jackies ready to face top class Rebellettes

THE Jackies will run out in Parnell Park this coming Sunday. Day four in Division 1 of the Tesco Homegrown National Football League. And, following Sunday's handsome win in Donegal, Dublin remain undefeated.

The All-Ireland champions, and league holders, Cork, are in town. They know Donnycarney well. That's where the League finals are held.

They last arrived in the city for a group league game two years ago. It was held at Páirc Uí Mhurchú, the tidy theatre on the Firhouse Road.

It was another Dublin-Cork tie that sizzled. The February football and fitness were impressive.

Cork didn't score from play at all in the first half. "I can't remember when that last happened," reflected the Godfather of ladies football managers, Eamonn Ryan.

Doireann O'Sullivan's goal, three minutes from time, settled it. Cork won, 1-8 to 0-8.

Cork beat the Blues by a point in the 2009 All-Ireland SFC final. As the minutes ticked down, Cork protected possession like the Harlem Globetrotters.

Last August, Cork trailed Dublin by nine points 10 minutes into the second half of the All-Ireland Championship quarter-final in Birr.

Cork then hit 11 scores without reply, including a goal to advance.

Two years previously, also in the All-Ireland Championship quarter-final, the Dubs led by six points with 15 minutes left, but Cork scored the next seven points to prevail by a point.

These two sides know how to rumble. Hopefully a big crowd will head for the Parnell Parlour. It all points to another attractive helping of Afternoon Tea.