Tuesday 22 May 2018

Another treat for Dubs fans as the Jackies outshine Mayo

Ashleigh Darcy with her nieces Abby Harkin, Emma Fogarty and Eve Harkin at the Dublin-Mayo game yesterday. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Ashleigh Darcy with her nieces Abby Harkin, Emma Fogarty and Eve Harkin at the Dublin-Mayo game yesterday. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

Ryan Nugent

There was yet more glory for Dublin GAA as the 'Jackies' ladies footballers breezed past Mayo to win their first league title.

The All-Ireland champions took the opportunity to lay down a marker for the Championship by defeating rivals Mayo by 11 points at Parnell Park yesterday.

Charlotte Campbell and Ellie Hanan. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Charlotte Campbell and Ellie Hanan. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

Captain Sinead Aherne was the star of the show, kicking an incredible 1-9 as the Dubs won by a scoreline of 3-15 to 1-10.

The winning margin was one point fewer than their victory over the same opposition in the All-Ireland Final last year.

The supporters turned out in their droves to get behind both teams.

The final ended the five-in-a-row league success of the Cork ladies and leaves Dublin as firm favourites to retain their All-Ireland crown.

Mick Bohan's charges are 4/6 to be top of the pile this year, with Cork at 4/1 and Mayo at 7/1.

Speaking to TG4 after the game, Aherne insisted she was delighted with the performance they put in after a topsy-turvy campaign.

"It was a great game of football and I just thoroughly enjoyed it," she said.

"I think we probably saved our best performance in the league for last, which is great.

"Obviously, we were very disappointed with the semi-final, but we've shown some good patches through the league, but we were not really that consistent.

"Today I think we managed to control the game from start to finish, which was really pleasing," she added.

Among the hordes of supporters who turned out to back the Jackies was Ashleigh Darcy with her nieces Abby Harkin, Emma Fogarty and Eve Harkin.

Sandra O'Brien was also there with her daughters, Molly and Abby, while Brendan and Noeleen McGee basked in the Parnell Park sunshine along with their daughters Maeve and Aoife.

The victory came less than 24 hours after Dubs star Nicole Owens - an ambassador for the Darkness Into Light charity fundraiser - spoke about her battle with depression on the 'Ray D'Arcy Show'.

Owens kicked two points in the Dubs' victory yesterday afternoon.

She said she was delighted to get involved with Darkness Into Light.

"In general, the whole initiative is brilliant, it's so evocative," she said.

"I think anyone who's done the walk will know that it's you and thousands of other people and you're literally walking into the light and it's so uplifting and moving.

"It's actually quite emotional being there and obviously it's a massive fundraiser for Pieta House, who do unbelievable work," she added.

Darkness Into Light takes place in locations across the country and around the world on Saturday.

Irish Independent

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