Monday 21 October 2019

It wasn't pretty but character won out in the end: Bohan

Dominance: Dublin manager Mick Bohan whose side who their third All-Ireland in-a-row yesterday. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Dominance: Dublin manager Mick Bohan whose side who their third All-Ireland in-a-row yesterday. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Cliona Foley

Most of them come from the Insta-generation, where so much of their life is filtered to look as beautiful as possible.

But, in sport, winning is all that matters. So, on a special weekend for their county - Dublin football's 'date-with-eight' - their women didn't care that their first ever All-Ireland three in-a-row victory was spectacularly ugly.

Instead they talked about 'character', especially that shown by some of their great veterans.

"That was an absolute war out there today and if you look at the key scraps, they were won by the older players," manager Mick Bohan said

"Lyndsey (Davey) was involved about 15 years and (Siobhan) McGrath would be very close but look what they did. It wasn't pretty but character.

"The first All-Ireland (win) we put on a real display in the last 15 minutes that everybody was delighted with.

"Last year was a little bit more cagey but still we played some decent football but today was all about character and their character stood up a little bit higher than Galway's and that's no disrespect to them at all."

Player of the Match Davey (30) said conditions were a lot tougher than they looked from a distance.

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"Sometimes I was trying to turn and my feet were going from under me. Some balls were just sliding away. I think as well the way Galway set up, they were so clustered in defence, we played right into their hands by driving through the centre for so long."

Bohan also said Galway's defensive excellence and the weather were chiefly responsible for an arm-wrestle of a game.

"Credit to Galway, they came with a plan and executed it well and, in the women's game, they obviously don't have the same distance in the kick as the lads so it makes it more difficult to break it down."

Galway boss Tim Rabbitt said he wasn't at all surprised by low scoring.

"I don't think I've ever been involved in a game with just two scores at half-time," he admitted.

"It's unusual but that's just the way it unfolded. I never thought it was going to be a shoot-out. We couldn't allow it to be, we had to be sure to be defensively strong.

"We conceded four goals against them in an All-Ireland semi-final last year so obviously we couldn't play that kind of game again and (let) the same thing happen to us.

"It was always going to be like that (defensive) and then once conditions were like that, even more so. Unfortunately they still got two goals and we didn't take our opportunities when they came, especially in the first half. Goals change games."

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