DUBLIN'S under-16s have booked their place in the All-Ireland decider against Cork after a comprehensive 6-13 to 0-2 victory over Cavan in Ashbourne on Saturday.
The young Dubs led by 0-6 to 0-1 at the break but a blitz of goals simply blew the Cavan girls away. A hat-trick of goals from Amy Conroy, two off the boot of Emma Colgan and another by Hannah O'Neill meant the result was beyond doubt long before the final whistle.
Dublin manager Pat Kane was realistic in the aftermath: "It was emphatic in the end but we couldn't shake Cavan in the first half.
"Early in the second half we got a run on them and it was all over from there. It does help build confidence among the players. But from a manager's point of view, you'd be thinking that we'd probably need to start better against Cork in two weeks' time."
Indeed, the challenge now is to keep the emphasis right in training and keep the players' feet firmly on the ground.
"It's two weeks now to the match so now it's about keeping them balanced and keeping them ticking over," Kane explained. "But in fairness the girls have worked hard and it's all about them.
"They've certainly put in the work and that in itself will give us a chance against Cork who will be favourites."
p Inter-county update: Congratulations to the Dublin U16s who have qualified for the All-Ireland final following an empathic 6-13 to 0-2 win over Cavan. Dublin will now face Cork in the decider which is due to take place on August 24. Meanwhile the Dublin senior team have drawn Cork in the TG4 quarter-final which is also down to be played on August 24. Venue and times to be confirmed shortly by Croke Park, hopefully both games can be fixed for the same venue. Images from the U16 semi-final Dublin v Cavan can be viewed on GAApics.com
p The Dublin minor team play Galway tomorrow night in the replay of the All-Ireland final, throw-in time in Mullingar is 7pm. Best of luck to all the girls and their management team. Updates from the replay will be available via our Twitter account @dublinladiesg
p County Board Meeting: The next County Board meeting is due to take place in Parnell Park on August 20, at 7.30 pm. Please make sure that your club has a delegate in attendance. Each club is entitled to send three registered delegates. If three attend at least one must be a current player.
p Referees' Course: Well done to everyone who completed the Grab Your Whistle course last Saturday in Le Chéile. The next course on September 7 is fully booked. The next set of referees' courses for new and existing referees will be organised in January 2014.
p Club of the Month: TESCO Homegrown is looking for the club of the Month for July – closing date for nominations is Monday, August 19.
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