Muireann will make her Croke Park debut tomorrow after an incredible season. A year ago, Ní Scanaill watched Dublin give up a 10-point lead against Cork as she ran the line as water girl for Gregory McGonigle’s side. The St Margaret’s star was on the bench when the sides last met during the league campaign in April, but since she’s slotted in at full-back instead of veteran Sorcha Furlong, who’ll likely start at wing-back. Ní Scanaill’s ability to read the game is exceptional for such a young recruit, but she’ll have to be at her very best to shackle a very special Cork player.........
In this her second year workingwith Eamonn Ryan, it’s ironic that O’Sullivan, like Ní Scanaill, was also a water girl for the 2014 All-Ireland final. The UCC O’Connor Cup player however only made her championship debut in the All-Ireland qualifier against Meath in August - during which she scored a whopping 3-5, and earning the Player of the Match award.
Her displays against Galway and Kerry in the subsequent quarter-final and semi-final weren’t as productive in the scoring stakes. However, it’s the Beara woman’s ability to demand ball, win possession and see others coming in on the periphery that’s given her an all-round natural talent that’s hard to stop.
The Dublin skipper is a top quality leader, both on and off the field. Presently training to be a firefighter with the Dublin Airport Authority, and as the only female recruit, Davey is well able to hold her own.
She’s been the top scorer for Gregory McGonigle’s side during the championship, scoring a total of 2-10 in four games, and her accuracy is a permanent fixture for the Dubs since she first made her senior debut in 2004.
Her battle with Bríd Stack will be interesting, but the Skerries Harps star has the ability to bring in other threats, which will include Carla Rowe and Noelle Healy on the wings. Calm and collected, Davey is one of the most underestimated forwards the game has produced in the last decade.
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