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Dublin ladies rule out any possible appeal after loss

Ladies' football

By Declan Bogue

Dublin ladies have ruled out any possible appeal over Sunday's All-Ireland senior final, in which they lost by a point to Cork.

Carla Rowe's effort into the Hill end on the 22nd minute appeared over but was waved wide. Officials could not use the 'hawkeye' facility as apparently it cannot cope with the ladies' football being a size smaller than that of their male counterparts. 

There does not appear to be an issue when a hurling sliotar is the ball in use.

The scenario left Dublin manager Gregory McGonigle in a rage on Sunday. The native of Dungiven reflected after the game, "Are we actually serious about ladies' sports or do we just say, 'We do what we can do and if it costs us a wee bit of extra money we don't want to do it?'

"When we come to our national stadium to play I believe a young girl of 12 years of age growing up dreaming to play in Croke Park should be getting the same basics as the men get. Fundamentally, I believe our ladies' association have let us down."

Meanwhile the ladies' association had their biggest-ever attendance at the games on Sunday, drawing a crowd of 34,445.

Derek Kinnevey, communications manager of the LGFA, said: "It is historic for a sport that is still growing, day by day, week by week and year by year.

"My first All-Ireland final in this role was 2012 and we had 17,000 at that. In four years we have come a long, long way."

Kinnevey believes more can be done to gain further leverage in the ladies' code.

"If we were to pick a priority it would be about getting that support on the ground locally," he said.

"We would love to see the Lidl National League, which is the only opportunity that people have to see their county play locally, throughout the whole year.

"The challenge is to get larger crowds at the earlier rounds."

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