Friday 19 January 2018

Brogan: back the jackies

DUBLIN star Bernard Brogan, a shoo-in for Footballer of the Year award this season, has urged Blues fans to support their women's team in Sunday's TG4 All-Ireland ladies football final.

Ticket sales in Tyrone are reportedly outnumbering those in the capital by three to one and Brogan has urged Dublin fans to get behind the Jackies, who are still chasing a first senior title after being pipped by a point by Cork last year and losing two other finals since 2000.

"We all know how close the Dublin ladies team came last year, and it would be a massive boost to Dublin GAA if they win their first ever All--Ireland," Brogan said.

"The girls are flying this year and really showed their class to get this far again. Having a big Dublin support there would really lift them, so let's get behind them and hopefully watch them make history."

There is a direct family connection between the two Dublin senior teams as Stephen Cluxton's sister Avril is a key defender for their women.

Like many of this year's All-Ireland finalists in various codes, Dublin ladies have suffered the loss of a crucial player to a cruciate injury.

Veteran full-back Noelle Comyn picked up her serious knee injury in Dublin's opening-round clash against Clare.

Sunday's new-look senior final (4.0) is the first one in six years that hasn't featured Cork, who Tyrone dispatched in the quarter-finals.

Beaten 2009 finalists Limerick take on Louth in the junior final at noon, while Waterford and Donegal battle it out for the intermediate title at 2.0.

Irish Independent

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