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'She’s One Of The Most Competitive People I’ve Ever Met In Sport'

'She’s One Of The Most Competitive People I’ve Ever Met In Sport'

Dublin manager Mick Bohan says there are doubts about the fitness of certain players going into this weekend's All-Ireland final against Meath.

"There's a few who haven't trained fully yet: Carla (Rowe), Niamh McEvoy, and Siobhan McGrath," said Bohan at an AIG-LGFA media day before this weekend's All-Ireland Ladies Football Senior Championship decider.

"So the three of them are carrying stuff, so we obviously won't know until later in the week how that goes."

Sinéad Goldrick is in contention to start the final, though Bohan is wary of putting the eight-time All-Star's body under too much pressure. Goldrick underwent hamstring surgery earlier this year for an injury picked up while playing in the AFLW finals for Melbourne. She made an appearance off the bench in Dublin's semi-final victory over Mayo.

"The person she is, not only has she herself under pressure, she’s me under pressure but that’s the nature of the animal," said Bohan.

"She’s probably one of the most competitive people I’ve ever met in sport but we’ve to be realistic. She came back from a career threatening injury and we’ve had to manage her time in training and in-house games so she still hasn’t gone the distance in any of those but she’s done remarkably well considering where she started."

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30 August 2021; Dublin manager Mick Bohan during an AIG-LGFA media event Croke Park in the background. He is looking forward to welcoming 40,000 fans into Croke Park for Sunday's All-Ireland final. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Dublin will play a Meath side who are the story of the summer. In their first season back up at senior level, they beat Armagh in the quarter-finals and then pulled off a stunning comeback - from six points down with two minutes to play - in the semi-final against Cork.

"I'm sure you've watched them play," said Bohan.

"Very different structure to a lot of teams, the way they play. Even Donegal who would have quite a defensive system, this is very different to anything I've seen in the women's game before.

"It's a very organised defensive structure and then they probably attack with a little bit of mayhem which obviously causes its own difficulties.

"Their attack is kind of a freestyle one, but their defence is really well organised and is obviously going to take a bit of work to break down."

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