Ladies football: Casey wary of Tír Chonaill

All-Ireland Ladies senior football championship 

Dublin v Donegal, Monday, 4pm – Páirc Sean MacDiarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon, Live TG4

by Aaron Dunne

Dublin selector Paul Casey is wary of a Donegal side he and his team are very familiar with as they prepare to face the Tír Chonaill County in Monday’s All-Ireland quarter-final in Carrick-on-Shannon. 

“It will be a tough one for us. We got through our group stage with good workouts against Tyrone and Waterford but we’re into knockout football now against Donegal,” Casey told the Dublin Gazette. 

“We played them last year in the group stages and we’ve met them a number of times in the league in recent years and they’ve been very good. They have very good forwards and they’ll come really determined to get one over on us. We’re in a good position, we have a lot of good work done over the last number of weeks and months, so we’re relishing the clash and hopefully take another step closer to an All-Ireland final and getting back into Croke Park again.” 

Dublin are in hot pursuit of an incredible fifth All-Ireland title in a row, but Casey says the weight of history is having no bearing on his squad.

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“They’ve created their own history already. All the girls are interested in is becoming a better team and improving themselves individually and collectively. I know that can be a cliche at times, but they are forever trying to raise the bar and push the limits of ladies sport and ladies Gaelic football. But every time they do it, the other teams and counties are doing it too.”

Caption: Dublin’s Lyndsey Davey in action against Donegal’s Eilish Ward during the sides’ All-Ireland  Ladies Senior Football Championship clash last October. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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