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O'Mahony's focused on reversing defeat by Farney

CORNER-BACKS rarely get the headlines. Not for them, the glory of lofting over the match-winning point.

They live the quieter life. But they perform a job that's just as important as those that spark the headline writers. Tight marking, the vital interception and the crucial block that can change the climate.

Much of their toil goes unseen. But they are the people that keep their fingers in the dam.

Sinead O'Mahony has been settling into Dublin's number four jersey. She plays her football with Skerries Harps.

Her progress has been steady and impressive. She has been with the Dubs since U14 level. She also served with the Dublin senior 'B's, and this term is her first in the big time.

She's enjoying it. "It's a big year for Dublin this year, being back in Division 1 and all that," she notes. "It would be lovely to get to the Division 1 final. But we know we'll have to pick it up a notch because Monaghan beat us the last day.

"But, overall, we have to be pleased with the progress. We knew that the likes of Cork and Monaghan were going to be hard matches.

"We'll continue to train hard and prepare for the semi-final and hopefully we can get over Monaghan."

Sinead is another example of the depth of talent that there is now in the capital. And with all the effort that is being invested, there's no sign of the Blue Danube drying up.



Injuries

"We have had a few injuries this year, but we'll keep driving on. People have been stepping up, and they have done well. You can see it in training. Girls are really trying hard to get on the team. And that's good for everyone.

"The newcomers have done well. And the thing is to keep on pushing on and raising our level. The standards have gone up in the sport. And our aim is to try and be up there with the likes of Cork and Monaghan."

Sinead pays tribute to the help she has got from established Dubs like Clíodhna O'Connor and Gemma Fay.

"Clíodhna has really inspired me. She's marvellous at encouraging players. And likewise with our captain, Gemma Fay. Gemma keeps the morale of the team up."

That old trusted recipe of youth and experience is again working a treat. Sinead and co are hoping that as the business end of the season approaches, it will help Dublin to produce a sprint finish.


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