Ladies: Leahy looking forward to facing All-Ireland champions

April 23, 2018

Peter Leahy.

By Jackie Cahill

Mayo manager Peter Leahy is relishing the prospect of a Lidl Ladies National Football League final showdown with TG4 All-Ireland champions Dublin on May 6 at Parnell Park.

Mayo ended Cork's hopes of landing a sixth successive League title with a high-scoring 1-20 to 3-12 victory in Sunday's Birr semi-final.

And Mayo now have a shot at revenge as they'll face up to the Dubs in a repeat of last year's All-Ireland senior decider. 

Sinéad Cafferky's second half goal proved crucial and she was also brilliant at the other end of the pitch - denying Cork sub Áine O'Sullivan a certain goal with a superb clearance off the line.

Leahy smiled: "I don't want to say too much about Sinéad Cafferky because she's our hidden gem.

"I think she was player of the match - her overall performance was unbelievable."

Mayo also had forward stars Sarah Rowe and Grace Kelly in fine form - as they contributed 0-16 between them.

Cork's marquee attacker Orla Finn was brilliant too, scoring 1-9 despite being on the losing side.

Thoughts now turn to Mayo's first League decider since 2016 against a Dublin side hoping to win the League for the very first time.

And Leahy said: "I love playing the Dubs - Mick (Bohan) and myself will go at it on the line as well.

"Ken Robinson is a close friend of mine and Ken's on the line for them as well.

"Dublin taught us a lesson in last year's All-Ireland final but our goal was never to win a League. It's very important for them (Dublin) to win a League."

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