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McGonigle tells Dublin ladies they must be more ruthless

By John Campbell

Published 15/08/2016

Geraldine McLaughlin helped to keep Donegal in contention
Geraldine McLaughlin helped to keep Donegal in contention

Former Derry football and hurler Gregory McGonigle certainly had plenty on his mind as he supervised a recovery session for his Dublin ladies football team in the sea at Dollymount Strand yesterday following their 1-13 to 2-17 All-Ireland quarter-final victory over Donegal 24 hours earlier.

While pleased to see his side now paired with Mayo in the semi-finals, McGonigle has lost no time in reminding them that greater accuracy will be required if they are to make it into the decider.

The Dubs squandered a host of scoring chances before eventually getting over the line against Donegal and McGonigle has already sounded a sharp warning in this context.

"Obviously it's great to be in the last four of the All-Ireland race but we cannot afford to toss away chances against Mayo or we will be punished. While they will be formidable opponents, we know that Cork are the dominant force at this level and this only serves to show the enormity of the task we face if we want to move on from here," states McGonigle.

Donegal certainly had the measure of Dublin in the first-half and led at the half-way stage by 1-4 to 0-5, their goal coming from the impressive Yvonne McMonagle.

But when Sinead Aherne tucked away Dublin's goal in the third quarter and Niamh McEvoy was on target with a brace of points, McGonigle's side upped their game.

Yet a second goal from Geraldine McLaughlin helped to keep Donegal in contention but their defence was forced to absorb strong pressure as Dublin closed the game out.

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