Meath produced a scarcely believable comeback against Cork at Croke Park on Sunday to reach their first ever senior ladies' All-Ireland football final - and man of the match Vikki Wall said afterwards that the team had no doubts in their ability.
Vikki Wall says Meath saw ladies football semi-final win coming
Cork, the most successful team in ladies' championship history, came into the game as favourites. They lead by a huge seven points with just three minutes to go in normal time but, extraordinarily, Meath managed to pull back the deficit and force extra-time.
In the additional period, they managed to pull ahead and caused an incredible upset by winning by two points. The feat is made all the more incredible by the fact that, just six years ago, Cork beat Meath 7-22 to 0-3 in an All-Ireland qualifier.
#MTHvCOR 20 nóim AM BREISE
An Mhí 2-12 (18)
Corcaigh 2-10 (16)
An scór buacach aimsithe ag an laoch Emma Duggan 😱🤩
Emma Duggan with the winning point for @meathladiesMLGF 😍👌@LadiesFootball
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The Royal County have made an extraordinary turnaround, and their man-of-the-match Vikki Wall gave a brilliant interview to TG4 in the aftermath of the result.
Wall said that, despite the doubts of punters and fans alike, Meath always believed they could get the job done against a very strong Cork team.
(Translated from Irish)
I can't put into words how happy we are. We knew today how hard it was going to be - it's a great team and I can't put it into words.
Maybe no one else was expecting this but we were. We were prepared for this the whole time in training...two points down and five minutes to go...I'm so proud of the whole team. We're in the final!
We've a panel of 40 this year, there's plenty of people injured. This win is for those girls and for the whole team.
We don't care who we're going to be playing, and we've shown that today.
Meath will take on Dublin in the Ladies' Football Final on the 5th of September in Croke Park, as they gun for their first ever title.
They'll have to stop an imperious Dublin team, who are going for five-in-a-row, but if they approach the match in the way Vikki Wall says they approached the semi-final against Cork, you'd hazard a guess that they'll fear no team.