Dublin ladies football stalwart, Sinead Goldrick says that yesterday’s win in the All Ireland senior final was the culmination of a long journey for her side.
In front of a record-breaking crowd of 50,141 at Croke Park, Dublin retained the Brendan Martin Cup for the first time in their history, recording their first championship victory over Cork.
It was the sixth highest crowd at a sporting event in GAA HQ this year, beaten only by the hurling and men’s football finals, the two hurling semi-finals and Dublin’s semi-final against Galway.
Goldrick’s team managed to put the occasion to one side and produce a dominant display to edge out Cork on a scoreline of 3-11 to 1-12. The 27-year-old admitted that she didn’t take in the crowd until after the game.
“I didn’t notice it really. When I went up, I saw the top tier was full and that sense of pride hits you in the parade but that doesn’t matter unless you get the win. As a group who lost other finals by a point for years against Cork and then by two points to Kerry, we just really wanted to get over the line today. Thankfully, we did it together.”
“Away from the lights, we went on a journey. Mick [Bohan] said in ten years’ time you might see them in a pub or on the street and you just have to give that look because no one else outside of the team knows what we’ve been through and how much we push each other.”
“Football is about people, seeing them at their best but behind the scene, if things happen to players in their lives, everyone just pushes each other up.”
“This group is so, so special. To win and to keep the Brendan [Martin Cup] in Dublin, we’ve a huge sense of pride in that.”
The LGFA have seen the numbers steadily grow at the final of each year, from 27374 in 2014 to 46,286 last year, setting the record for the most attended women’s sporting event in Europe in 2018. Goldrick admits that giving the crowd a spectacle was, “important to the team”.
“I think today it was a good display of football. It’s important to us. You don’t just want to win, you want to win so that 50,000 people have respect for the game and respect for the skill and hopefully, we did that today. ”