Thursday 19 July 2018

Bohan beaming as Dubs masterclass sinks Kerry

Dublin 5-10 Kerry 0-11

Nicole Owens scores Dublin’s third goal against Kerry. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Nicole Owens scores Dublin’s third goal against Kerry. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Mick Bohan has the chance to right the wrongs of 14 years ago when he manages Dublin in the TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football final on September 24.

Back in 2003, Bohan was in charge when the Sky Blues lost to Mayo in the September showpiece. But in his second stint at the helm, Bohan has managed to bring Dublin back to another decider, and they're now just 60 minutes away from a second title, and first since 2010.

Since that first spell in charge of Dublin, Bohan was busy racking up an impressive coaching CV. He was involved with Sigerson Cup-winning teams at Dublin City University, and also assisted Jim Gavin in All-Ireland U-21 and senior wins.

Bohan also spent a year alongside Colm Collins in Clare before accepting an invitation to return to the Dublin ladies role.

pleasing Following Saturday's semi-final victory over Kerry at Semple Stadium, Bohan reflected: "I've been terribly lucky in that period to be involved with a serious amount of good footballers and today was as pleasing a performance as I've been involved in, at any level, because they worked so hard.

"I thought it was a really disciplined, defensive performance. They moved the ball well and I thought some of the finishing was top drawer."

Captain Sinéad Aherne scored 1-9 in the quarter-final victory over Waterford and she collected 2-7 to floor Kerry on Saturday.

Aherne had 2-5, including a penalty goal, on the board by half-time as Dublin led by 2-6 to 0-4.

Further goals followed for Dublin in the second period as Noelle Healy collected a brace, with Nicole Owens also on target.

Kerry were simply outclassed, although Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh carried the fight to the Kingdom's opponents, finishing with a haul of 0-8.

Bohan added: "Somebody told me Sinéad scored 2-7? I wouldn't be able to tell you that because all I know is they're all working hard to put people in the right place. But what a return in an All-Ireland semi-final from one of the game's greatest players."

For Dublin, the reward is a shot at Cork or Mayo next month. And they certainly won't lack for motivation, having suffered final defeats to Cork in 2014, 2015 and 2016. But for now, Bohan is pleased that players who have suffered so much heartbreak in recent times found it within themselves to get back to another final.

"We're at this nine months now and there's absolutely no guarantees that you can get a team back to this level," said Bohan. "You don't know until you get involved if the energy is going to be there because it takes a shocking amount of work.

"All you can do is put plans in place and coach a team to the best of your ability. When they cross the white line, it's back over to the players, but this group has taken remarkable ownership of the set-up since we came in.

"We're only trying to facilitate them to make them better."

Kerry lost at the semi-final stage for the fifth time in eight seasons but they do have a Munster title as consolation.

Manager Graham Shine, who masterminded back-to-back All-Ireland U-16 successes before taking the senior job, will be back for another stint in 2018.

And he said: "I can't fault their commitment. Dublin are a little bit further down the line than us. But we'll learn from today - that's what football's all about - and hopefully we'll have another day next year."

Scorers - Dublin: S Aherne 2-7 (1-0 pen, 0-4f), N Healy 2-0, N Owens 1-1, S Goldrick & C Rowe 0-1 each. Kerry: L Ní Mhuircheartaigh 0-8 (4f), H O'Donoghue, L Rogers & F Tangney (f) 0-1 each.

Dublin - C Trant; M Byrne, S Finnegan, R Ruddy; S Goldrick, N Collins, L Caffrey; L Magee, O Carey; C Rowe, L Davey, N Owens; S Aherne, N McEvoy, N Healy. Subs: D Murphy for Caffrey (40), H O'Neill for Rowe (41), K McKenna for McEvoy (50), S McCaffrey for Davey (50), F Hudson for Byrne (53).

Kerry - L Fitzgerald; E Lynch, A Desmond, A Leonard; C Kelly, C Murphy, S Murphy; L Scanlon, E Sherwood; A Brosnan, A Galvin, D Hallissey; S Houlihan, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh, H O'Donoghue. Subs: L Rogers for O'Donoghue (34), A O'Connell for S Murphy (39), F Tangney for Hallissey (43), T Breen for Brosnan (55).

Ref - S McNulty (Sligo)


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