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HISTORY for the Jackies – their first Tesco Division 1 National League final.

And they beat the mighty Mons into the bargain. Now the Dubs will face champions, Cork, on the green, green grass of home on Saturday May 10th.

Parnell Park will house the league final triple-header, and Dublin will be top-of-the-bill with Eamonn Ryan's Leeside legends, who defeated Kerry by five points in the other semi-final.

Dublin won by 4-15 to 1-20 in the High Noon duel in the sun against the Farney Army on Shamrock Hill in Louth.

"We have some work to do before the final," admitted Dublin manager, Gregory McGonigle, who enjoyed such a profitable period with Monaghan.

"We are delighted to be there. It's Dublin first final and the girls deserve it. They have been putting in the effort."

The county chief was happy with the majority of Dublin's display. "We were very good in the first half and in the early part of the second half.

"But then Monaghan came back at us. You expect that from a top side like Monaghan. They'll still have a big say in the championship.

"But the girls dug in. The quality of the football that we played earlier in the game stood to us and we managed to come through by four points."

It was a match to remember for Lindsay Peat, who scored 3-1. Noelle Healy got the other Dublin goal.

"Any day you score 3-1 is a good day. It's great that the likes of Denise Masterson and Lindsay Peat are getting game time.

"And that's the value of the league. It's gives you the chance to give players game-time ahead of the championship.

POWERFUL

"Lindsay had a powerful performance. The other girls were feeding off her excellent play. Our full-forward line did well, scoring 3-11 from 4-15."

The Dublin supremo also had high praise for Siobhan McGrath and Carla Rowe, and he is content with the progress the team is making.

Dublin remain unbeaten. The only points they dropped were draws away to Monaghan and home to Cork.

"We are a better side now than we were at the start of the year. But we know we still have plenty to do, especially when you have to play the likes of Cork."

Last month, Dublin and Cork provided a delightful Donnycarney dish. But both managers expressed their disappointment at how small the audience was.

Hopefully, the May Day meeting will see the turnstiles spinning. It could be one of the games of the season.


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