"It's Cork in an All-Ireland semi-final. Our eyes aren't looking beyond that"

July 26, 2023

Carla Rowe of Dublin is tackled by Melissa Duggan of Cork during the 2023 Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 Round 3 match between Cork and Dublin at Pairc Ui Rinn in Cork. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Dublin captain Carla Rowe says lessons learned from last year mean that they are not looking beyond Cork in this weekend’s All-Ireland Ladies SFC semi-final.

Mick Bohan’s side fell to Donegal at the competition quarter-final stage in 2022, but they are now a game away from a return to the All-Ireland final.

Slight favourites for the Brendan Cup with four teams remaining, Rowe told RTE Sport that the capital women are firmly focused on the task ahead against their Munster counterparts in Thurles on Saturday.

"The other thing we learned from last year is don't be thinking ahead of where you're at," said the skipper. "It's Cork in an All-Ireland semi-final. Our eyes aren't looking beyond that."

The last time the sides crossed past was in March when Rowe landed a later winner in a thrilling and, since then, Dublin have gained Sinead Aherne back into their ranks – an addition which has been “fantastic” according to Rowe

"She came on in the quarter-final and got a goal straight away," she added. "Her football brain is something that you always want to be able to pick at, so it's fantastic to have her around."

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