Day of days for all-conquering 'Jackies'

Day of days for all-conquering 'Jackies'

Donegal native Gerry McGill steered the Dublin Ladies footballers to their first ever TG4 All-Ireland Ladies SFC title, thanks to a comprehensive 3-16 to 0-9 victory over Tyrone at Croke Park yesterday.

It was just reward for the 'Jackies' who previously lost finals in 2003, 2004 and 2009.

While the overall feeling in the Dublin camp was a sense of joy and relief, after finally breaking their All-Ireland final hoodoo, McGill reserved a special word for a gallant Tyrone side.

"I have sympathy with Tyrone because this time last year we had the heartache and we know exactly how they're feeling," he said.

"We had to sit down and make a decision that we were going to go again full hog. Everyone agreed to toe the line and this is the reward.

"We have 31 players in this squad coming together for the common cause. Their lives have been on hold for Dublin for the last 12 months and I’m very proud of them and what they’ve achieved.

"What we said to the girls was to go out and just play, go out and leave nothing in the tank, go out and impose our game on Tyrone and that’s what we did. In the second half they wanted to be ruthless and they certainly were.

"There are several girls that have been playing for Dublin for the last 12 and 14 years, and it's just fantastic that they get their reward today.

"And a special thought for all the Dublin girls that have toiled and worked very hard down through the years and came so close - this is as much their All-Ireland as it is ours."

It was the perfect end to a memorable day for McGill, with his native county also picking up their first TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate title, beating Waterford 2-12 to 0-16 in the earlier final.

"It was great for Donegal to see them winning the Intermediate title as well, but a fantastic day for us and for Dublin Ladies football also."

Dublin captain Denise Masterson was overcome with emotion, after her side firmly banished the disappointment of losing three finals in the previous seven years

"I think I'm going to cry," she beamed. "It's fantastic. I'm in a state of shock, I think.

"We were heartbroken after losing by a point to Cork last year; we were devastated and I sympathise with the Tyrone girls, it’s a horrible place to be.

"I think that gave us the edge. We were never going to lose that game."

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