Finn: "you have to live up to what came before you"

September 13, 2018

Cork's Orla Finn with Orla Conlon of Mayo during their side's All-Ireland SFC semi-final clash at Kingspan Breffni, Cavan in 2017.
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Orla Finn says Cork’s proud tradition in ladies football inspires everybody to be the best they can be.

With only seven players left from the side that toppled Dublin in the 2016 All-Ireland final, a new-look Rebel County side will lock horns with the Dubs in the 2018 decider at Croke Park on Sunday.

“Back in 2011, I came into a panel that had won five All-Irelands in a row. I wasn’t starting for the first number of years, but I learned from the work-rate and drive the older and more experienced players showed,” Finn told The Irish Examiner. “I studied the movement of Valerie [Mulcahy] and Nollaig [Cleary]. I watched Valerie take free upon free upon free. We bought into wanting to win. We were really afraid of losing.

“The younger girls who have come in over the past two years are coming into a squad where you have players with eight All-Irelands. They are feeding off that. The county has been going really well at underage the last couple of years and those girls have really stepped up since they have come in.

“You do have to live up to what came before you. That makes you want it even more. I’ve been there over the last couple of years when we won. I know what the feeling is like. It’d really be a dream come true to win another one after losing last year and this being a new team, a different team.”

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