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Why We Could See An Upset In This Weekend's All Ireland Ladies Final

Why We Could See An Upset In This Weekend's All Ireland Ladies Final

For the fourth time since 2009 and the third year in a row, Dublin will attempt to wrestle the Brendan Martin Cup away from the steely grip of Cork in the All Ireland Ladies Football final. The record breaking Rebelettes have had the Indian sign over the Dubs with five consecutive championship wins including two quarter-final classics.

However, according to sports journalist Mary White, author of the brilliant "Relentless" - the story behind the dominance of the Cork Ladies over the last decade - Dublin will not be held back by those previous losses.

"To be honest... for the Dublin players I don't think [the defeats to Cork] will come into it on Sunday, or what has gone on in the past. As I say, I think they are definitely capable of doing it. They have the players, I just think that it's going to boil down to who is going to take their chances on Sunday."

Speaking to the Balls.ie as part of the special All-Ireland Ladies final episode of 'The Hard Shoulder' podcast ahead of this weekend's final, White pointed out that last years All Ireland under 21 final victory over their Munster rivals could be a massive moment in the evolution of this Dublin team.

"I'd say that will definitely help. When you go back and look at where Cork were in 2004 when Eamon Ryan came in, they obviously went on and won their first All Ireland title in 2005, which was the first time ever in the thirty-four year history of the county, when you go back and look at the team Bríd Stack who actually captained the team to an All Ireland Minor title in 2004, you had the likes of Rena Buckley, Breige Corkery... and they are still there, so I think having youth in your side is hugely positive and I think Dublin have that at the minute. I think fierce credit has to go to Gregory McGonigle because last year there were a number of veterans that stepped aside obviously after the heartache they suffered in 2014 and there was a new lease of life that came in with the under 21's and they have done a fantastic job since then. To be honest it will only stand to them on Sunday against Cork."

To hear Mary's views on where she thinks the final will be won and lost and how Cork have changed under the stewardship of Ephie Fitzgerald in his first season in charge, as well as an extended interview with Mayo legend Cora Staunton, listen to the full All-Ireland final special of the 'Hard Shoulder' podcast below.

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Cormac O'Malley

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