by Emma Duffy
It was a day to remember for captain fantastic Sinéad Aherne as 2017 TG4 All-Ireland senior champions Dublin added a first-ever Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 title to their cabinet yesterday.
"It's hard to believe, isn't it, that that's Dublin's first National League title," manager Mick Bohan reflected after.
"Sinéad Aherne is playing 15 years for Dublin and that's her first National League title. For her, a spectacular day. - to give such a performance, to captain the team and obviously to create history."
The Clontarf clubman added that Sky Blues didn't expect to dominate so much on the day as they defeated Mayo by 11 points, and brought an end to Cork's five-year reign as holders.
"No, we didn't," he conceded.
"The reality is that sometimes the scoreboard reflects an easy finish, (but) they were in for two really good goal chances. A couple of outstanding saves from Ciara Trant right throughout the game. Niamh Collins made a very important block.
"Their philosophy in the tackle was outstanding. The intensity in that first half was something that we hadn't seen from them during the National League but they've learned to step up when needs be."