Dublin’s senior ladies footballers qualified for their fourth successive TG4 All Ireland SFC Final on Saturday evening with a powerful dismantling of Kerry in Semple Stadium.
Kerry just had no answer to Dublin’s pace, power and clinical finishing as Mick Bohan’s side racked up the goals and points to win by 14 points.
This game was all but over at half time with captain Sinead Aherne leading by example with a brilliant display of forward play and the St Sylvester’s star had amassed an impressive 2-05 by the break.
Kerry finally got their first point of the day a minute later from Minor star
Hannah O’Donoghue. Another Aherne point was quickly followed with one from Carla Rowe.
The girls from the Kingdom were getting no change from a ravenous Dublin defensive unit and were forced into long range efforts under pressure and they racked up six first half wides as a consequence.
Four minutes from the break Dublin were awarded a penalty when Niamh McEvoy was fouled when she was through on goal. Up stepped Aherne to Cooley slot the ball home.
And with Sinead Finnegan and Rachel Ruddy marshaling the Dublin defence with an iron like grip, Mick Bohan’s side went in the dressing rooms at the break with an eight point lead on a scoreline of 2-06 to 0-04.
The game was put to bed inside the opening five minutes of the second half. In the opening minute Nicole Owens from the stand side of the pitch, cut inside Aisling Leonard and then powered away from her and slotted the ball past the despairing dive of Laura Fitzgerald in the Kerry goal.
Four minutes later and the impressive Noelle Healy cut the Kerry back line to shreds before burying the ball to the net for Dublin’s fourth goal of the game and the Kerry obituary was already being penned.
Dublin’s intensity levels though dropped for the next ten minutes culminating in Kerry’s best spell of the game. But they only managed two points in that time as the Dublin defence stood firm and choked the life out of the Kingdom forwards.
In the closing stages Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh Kerry best players hit four points on the bounce. But Dublin upped the anti in the closing stages and fifth goal, a rocket to the net from Noelle Healy and a excellent point from Sinead Goldrick hammered the final nails in the Kerry coffin.
Dublin now look forward to their fourth All Ireland Final appearance in a row on the 24th of September where they will face the winners of next weekends other semi final between reigning champions Cork and Mayo.
Sinead Aherne 2-07 (1 pen, 3f)
Noelle Healy 2-00
Nicole Owens 1-01
Carla Rowe 0-01
Sinead Goldrick 0-01
Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh 0-08 (4f)
Hannah O’Donoghue 0-01
Laura Rogers 0-01
Fiadhna Tangney 0-01
1. Ciara Trant
2. Martha Byrne
3. Sinead Finnegan
4. Rachel Ruddy
5. Sinead Goldrick
6. Niamh Collins
7. Leah Caffrey
8. Lauren Magee
9. Olwen Carey
10. Carla Rowe
11. Lyndsey Davey
12. Nicole Owens
13. Sinead Aherne
14. Niamh McEvoy
15. Noelle Healy
18. Deirdre Murphy For 7. Leah Caffrey (40th Min)
20. Hannah O’Neill For 10. Carla Rowe (43rd Min)
29. Kate McKenna For 14. Niamh McEvoy (54th Min)
24. Sarah McCaffrey For 11. Lyndsey Davey (54th Min)
17. Fiona Hudson For 2. Martha Byrne (57th Min)
1. Laura Fitzgerald
2. Eilish Lynch
3. Aislinn Desmond
4. Aisling Leaonard
5. Caroline Kelly
6. Ciara Murphy
7. Sarah Murphy
8. Lorraine Scanlon
9. Emma Sherwood
10. Amanda Brosnan
11. Anna Galvin
12. Denise Hallissey
13. Sarah Houlihan
14. Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh
15. Hannah O’Donoghue
25. Laura Rogers For 15. Hannah O’Donoghue (33rd Min)
17. Aisling O’Connor For 7. Sarah Murphy (39th Min)
24. Fiadhna Tangney For 12. Denise Hallissey (45th Min)
30. Tara Breen For 10. Amanda Brosnan (60th Min)