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Mick Bohan - 'My team would want much more contact in the game'

Ben Finnegan
Ben Finnegan

09:12 15 Sep 2019


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Dublin senior Ladies football manager Mick Bohan says his team "would feel there's nowhere near enough contact allowed in the game" after his side secured their third All-Ireland title in a row.

Over 56,000 people turned up in Croke Park for the series of finals, including the 2-03 to 4 point win for the Blues over Galway. It took over 20 minutes for the first score of the game to be registered.

Speaking after the game, Mick Bohan said,ย "Galway played quite a defensive game, to make it difficult for us. It was difficult to break it down.

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"And particularly, you have a situation whereby in the men's game you can drive and break a tackle, in the women's game you drive that's deemed as charging. Obviously that's good management to set up your team like that, but it does make it very difficult.

"If you asked our group, I know what they would tell you - they would feel there's nowhere near enough contact allowed in the game. And if you look at the situation in the first half, we got caught four times inside in the 'D' area for driving through a tackle.

"In the men's game, you drive through it, you offload and you score. Today, you did it and you were penalised and a free out. That's nothing against the referee on the day and they're the rules of the game and it's up to us to play with them. But my point being, on those conditions it makes it so much more difficult."

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Dublin have won the last three Championships, making it 15 years since a team other than the Blues or Cork taking home the title - when Galway triumphed in 2004.

"We're hugely proud of them," said Bohan." Character is the big thing that came out of that game there today. There was just so many battles won on the floor.

"And I was just saying inside to the group, that some of our older girls - the elder stateswomen in our group were immense today. The way they showed leadership and the dirty ball they went after. We're obviously very proud of them."


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