Having lost out to Cork in the last three All-Ireland Ladies Football Finals this week’s SportsGirls Podcast talk about Dublin’s chances of finally claiming the Brendan Martin Cup this Sunday; a title that has eluded them over the years.
Chloe Kelly believes that because they’re not facing Cork, Dublin will be in a different mindframe coming up against Mayo: “Dublin coming up against Cork I think it would be in the back of their mind we’ve never beat Cork before whereas I think it’s a completely different story with Dublin and Mayo. It has been completely tit for tat.”
Recent games between the two sides have been so close with the narrowest of margins separating them at the end. Chloe said: “This year they were the only teams to play in Croke Park for a league game and Mayo came out on top by a point. Last year in the semi-final in Breffni Park in Cavan Dublin won 2-10 to 1-12. Sinead Aherne kicked a late free. There has only ever been a point between them and I think Mayo definitely don’t fear Dublin and Dublin don’t fear Mayo.”
Westmeath’s Johanna Maher feels that Dublin’s record over Cork in recent years had actually become psychological: “ It’s a psychological thing at this stage. Obviously last year they were seriously unfortunate. At the start of the year I definitely would’ve said Dublin, to be honest but I seen Mayo play in Cusack Park and I thought they were excellent.”
Maher admits Sunday’s game is hard to predict but Dublin will have their homework done on Cora Staunton: “It’s very hard to call. They’ll have their homework done on Cora. If anyone can do it, it’s the Dublin defence. Dublin are ruthless and will never stop. That’s credit to them. They won’t give up and keep going.”