Lots Of Work To Do But We Are Happy Where We Are At – Mick Bohan
A brace of goals from Oonagh Whyte and a goal apiece from Nicole Owens and Niamh McEvoy gave Dublin an eighth TG4 Leinster Ladies senior crown in a row.
Post match Dublin manager Mick Bohan expressed his delight with the win and parts of his sides game, but also admitted that there were some aspects he wasn’t happy with and although they still have lots of work to do Mick is happy where they are at.
“We are obviously delighted. There were parts we weren’t happy with and there were parts we were really happy with, so it is a difficult one to gauge after nine or ten weeks without competitive action and coming straight into the helter-skelter of that competition, obviously it’s the same for both teams.
“But look we are obviously delighted with some of the new kids who were really impressive. Like Oonagh Whyte who had a fantastic outing and ‘Hedgo‘ (Niamh Hetherton) had a good day at the office, equally Caoimhe (O’Connor) and Sarah Fagan when they came into the fray, Jen Dunne, they all contributed, lots of work to do but we are happy where we are at.”
Dublin took a while to settle into yesterday’s final and the reigning All Ireland champions looked a little tense and nervous in the opening quarter, Bohan was happy to hear that and expressed that’s what this time of year does to players.
”Isn’t that just great at this level after what they have achieved that they are still getting nervous and tense for these games because that’s what it brings. I love to hear that because that nervous tension that you know people have put their bodies on the line to get to this stage and there’s a little bit of trepidation on the bus, people are nervous, it goes a bit quiet, that’s what this time of the year does.”
That nervousness and tension was a clear indication that Dublin weren’t taking anything for granted in yesterday’s final despite what they have achieved last year and the 2018 season as the old cliche goes was certainly parked and Bohan said at this level it’s one thing that has to be done and was full of praise for his squads level headedness and humility.
“That’s genuinely one of the things that has to be done at this level the minute you assume your going to be successful is the day you will fall, we have a very level headed group and they are very humble and they represent the county extremely well and we are very proud of all of that.”
The final score certainly didn’t reflect how tough, tight and physical the Leinster final was and speaking after the game Dublin’s Olwen Carey was in full agreement that the scoreline wasn’t a true reflection of the game and admitted it took Dublin a while to get going.
“It was a tough game and the scoreline probably didn’t reflect that, for the first ten minutes we weren’t in the game at all Westmeath were definitely on top and thankfully we then started kicking over some points and in the second half we probably started off a bit slow also so we have things to work on when we go back into training this week.”
Dublin suffered an early blow in the 11th minute of the game when captain Sinead Aherne was forced to leave the game with a shoulder injury, Olwen agreed it was a big blow to lose such a fantastic leader and hopes Sinead is able to return as soon as possible but also pointed out that the Dublin have a good panel and they have to players to step up if needed.
”Yes it was definitely a big blow, Sinead is a fantastic leader both on the pitch and off it, but we have such a good panel as well that we were able to bring in new girls who know, we all know what job to do in what role, but hopefully she (Sinead Aherne) will be able to get back as soon as possible and be back out on the field.”
Yesterday’s game was a tough encounter for the majority of the game and with the All Ireland championship group stages starting in two weeks Olwen said it was definitely the type of game Dublin needed heading into the All Ireland series.
“Yes definitely, we can see what we can take into training this week and the following week and thankfully the games are going to come much quicker now, so we will certainly have a quick turn around and will be working on our mistakes and the positives from today’s game.