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'We'd take a lot positives' – McGonigle

THOSE that didn't make it to Parnell Park last Sunday afternoon missed the party. Once again, Dublin and Cork produced a treat.

"We were disappointed with the crowd," admitted Dublin manager, Gregory McGonigle.

"It's not often that we play the All-Ireland champions in Parnell Park.

"But we can't control who comes out to see us. We'd like to thank those that did. They saw a fine match. It ebbed and flowed."

The draw sees the Dubs maintain their unbeaten record.

"We have played five, won three and drawn two. It's early days yet, and there is still a lot of football to be played.

"We felt that going in at half-time three points up that we could have seen it out, but we gave away a lot of possession in the second half. And at times, the final pass up front didn't come off. But in saying that, we only had seven players that started in the All-Ireland quarter-final against Cork in Birr.

"Overall, we had nine girls who wouldn't have played at this level and at this intensity before, so from that point of view, we'd take a lot of positives out of it."

The boss-man hailed the defensive displays of Siobhan McGrath and Sinead Goldrick.

"They were brilliant. Both did excellent marking jobs. To remain unbeaten is a tribute to the hard work all the girls have been putting in."


p County Board meeting: A meeting of the County Board will take place in Parnell Park on Tuesday the 18th of March commencing at 7.30pm. Minutes from the previous meeting along with the agenda for the 18th will be circulated in advanced to club delegates by County Secretary Mary O'Connor.

p Intercounty Update: Excellent weekend for the Dubs on the playing field. First up on Saturday our minor team enjoyed a 4-10 to 0-5 win over Kildare while on Sunday our senior team drew with Cork in the Tesco Homegrown NFL the match finished up 2-10 a piece following a pulsating game of football. Big thank you to the staff of Parnell Park for all their assistance on the day thanks also to Declan Drake of FM104, Mick Hanley of Dublin City 103.2fm, Niall Scully of The Herald and Noel and Nigel from WeareDublin for their media coverage of the game.

Well done to the young ladies of St Vincent's and Ballymun Kickhams who provided the half-time entertainment by showcasing their football skills as well as providing a guard of honour for both teams. Images from Parnell Park can be view on GAApics.com plus a match report by Sinead Farrelly on the clash of Dublin v Cork is available to read on our website and social media pages.

p Development Update: St Maur's GAA club are hosting a Fundamentals Coaching Course on behalf of Dublin LGFA on Saturday, March 22. Places are already starting to fill for this course so if you are interested in taking part early booking is advised. Information along with booking forms can be obtained from the Office by emailing Patricia at info@dublinladiesgaelic.ie.

p The Dublin LGFA would like to congratulate Marie Hickey of Laois and the Leinster Council on her election as President Elect of the Ladies Gaelic Football Association.

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