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We had Cork in our sights admits Bohan

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CHAMPS: Dublin captain Sinead Aherne lifts the Brendan Martin Cup at
Croke Park yesterday. Photo: Sportsfile

CHAMPS: Dublin captain Sinead Aherne lifts the Brendan Martin Cup at Croke Park yesterday. Photo: Sportsfile

CHAMPS: Dublin captain Sinead Aherne lifts the Brendan Martin Cup at Croke Park yesterday. Photo: Sportsfile

Dublin ladies manager Mick Bohan admitted his team had Cork in their sights "for the past 18 months".

That was after the Jackies beat them by five points in yesterday's All-Ireland final in Croke Park to clinch back-to-back Brendan Martin Cups.

The Rebels inflicted painful defeats to Dublin in three consecutive All-Ireland finals between 2014 and '16.

And Bohan admitted: "We're incredibly proud because realistically, we have been building for this for 18 months since we came in.

"We thought it was going to happen sooner and when we came in we felt that they were the standard bearers and to take the crown we would have had to take them out."

The victory was just Dublin's third in the ladies game although they managed it in front of a record crowd of 50,141 - the sixth highest attendance at any GAA match in 2018.

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Dublin manager Mick Bohan. Photo: Sportsfile

Dublin manager Mick Bohan. Photo: Sportsfile

Dublin manager Mick Bohan. Photo: Sportsfile

Bohan praised his team for being "brave, honest and relentless," in their 3-11 to 1-12 win.

"It's always going to be special," he went on, "but to beat the standard-bearers was really important for this group.

"Because it was always something that was going to be thrown back at them long after their boots were hung up - 'you couldn't beat that great Cork team'.


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