Fingallians’ Sinead Finnegan says that Dublin’s 4-12 to 1-4 thrashing of Westmeath will have little bearing on today’s Leinster ladies football final when the two sides meet again at O’Moore Park at 4pm.
The Swords woman is looking to land a fifth successive provincial title and her side will be overwhelming favourites but she says that Dublin will need to be on their game to continue their run.
Speaking at a press night in Parnell Park on Monday evening, where Dublin announced their partnership with children’s cancer charity Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, Sinead said that her side picked up plenty of things from their initial tie with Westmeath but know this tie will be a different proposition.
“We have played Westmeath already this year and know what to expect,” she said. “They are a really physical, fit, fast team so we will expect much the same again on Sunday.
“We have loads of things to learn from every match that we play. That day in particular, our handling was very poor so that’s something we have been specifically working from.
“There was a period when they were down a player for a 10-minute sin-binning. That’s probably where we took advantage. I wouldn’t take too much from that day, though.
“It was very wet and they did go a player down. They have some really strong players and some who play their club football in Dublin who we would know well so we are expecting a very tough encounter.”
She added that the pursuit of winning five in-a-row is something her side are looking to put to the back of their mind.
“It’s not what we put an emphasis on. We don’t want to put a focus or an extra pressure on ourselves to say we have to go out and win this match to win five in a row. There is a chance there will be more people there but, at the end of the day, it is just another game.”
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