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Gregory praises Dublin's high-energy and desire

DUBLIN supremo, Gregory McGonigle, was happy with the first day back at the office for last year's League and Championship runners-up.

"It was our first competitive game since the All-Ireland final, and there were plenty of positives to take from it," said Gregory as the Glasnevin climate began to drop sharply.

Dublin's industry never faded for the hour, and the boss-man name-checked the captain, Lyndsey Davey, and Niamh McEvoy for setting the perfect example.

"Our half-forward line worked extremely hard, and I felt that Niamh McEvoy, at full-forward, led the line superbly. She was always providing the option for an outlet."

The county chief also hailed the contribution of midfielder, Sarah McCaffrey.

"I thought she had an outstanding game and she also scored three glorious points.

"We began the match with just five of the team that played in September's All-Ireland final, so that has to be very encouraging.

"We had several girls who never played for us before and they all did very well.

"You had Olwen Carey doing a great marking job on Ciara McAnespie, who is one of the best forwards in Ireland.

"And then you had Muireann Ní Scanaill doing brilliantly on Caoimhe Mohan. That shows the quality of the Dublin players coming through."