Monday 19 February 2018

Ladies on course for record attendance

Ciara O'Sullivan Picture: Sportsfile
Ciara O'Sullivan Picture: Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Ladies football chiefs are hopeful of smashing the record for an All-Ireland final attendance when Cork and Dublin lock horns at Croke Park in tomorrow's senior decider.

The previous best for a ladies showpiece was achieved back in 2001, when 33,000 fans were present for the Laois v Mayo final while 31,083 supporters clicked through the turnstiles at GAA HQ 12 months ago when Cork beat Dublin, making it the biggest crowd for any women's sporting event in Europe last year.

That figure beat the 30,710 at the Women's FA Cup final at Wembley but fell short of the landmark figure from 15 years ago, and the LGFA has confirmed that ticket sales are brisk ahead of an attractive triple-header.

The headline is a repeat of the 2014 and '15 deciders with six-in-a-row chasing Cork defending the Brendan Martin Cup against Dublin, and Rebelette captain Ciara O'Sullivan is wary of the 2010 champions.

"Dublin are such a good team and we have had huge battles with them. They are going to be massively hungry but we're going to be hungry too, you don't get to an All-Ireland final unless you're hungry," she said.

"Dublin impressed me in their semi-final win over Mayo. But in terms of hunger I think we're going to match them - if we don't we'll be in massive trouble."

Irish Independent

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