Dublin manager Mick Bohan admitted his ‘confident’ side is looking forward to facing a Cork squad that has dished out three TG4 All-Ireland final defeats to his side in the last four years, in what he thinks can be a September spectacular for women's football.
Croke Park saw a record attendance of 46,286 for last year’s final between Dublin and Mayo, and Bohan is excited to see what happens in the September 16th decider – especially with the men’s hurling and football set to be well in the past by that stage.
Dublin looked a class apart on Saturday at Dr Hyde Park as first-half goals from Nicole Owens and Sinéan Aherne put them in total control. Galway staged a second-half comeback, but they were ultimately swept away by Dublin’s classy forward play and their intense tackle power.
But with a GAA community hungry for action, Bohan anticipates another wonderful occasions at Croke Park when the two rivals collide.
"We were talking about this a couple of weeks ago and we were just saying that if we were lucky enough to get to the All-Ireland final that there should be a massive crowd," said Bohan.
"September all of a sudden – where we've always looked forward to our games – (people are thinking) what are we going to do? I think that'll actually help the women's game for the middle of September."
As All-Ireland champions Dublin have carried an air of confidence with them all season, but beating Cork, a side who have won 11 of the last 13 All-Irelands – Dublin won the other two – would make the defence of their title all the sweeter.
"Look, it'll certainly give a little bit of an edge to it for sure," said Bohan. "This group are obviously coming with a different type of confidence than they were a couple of years ago: that all matters.
"But it's the old enemy and that's probably something that will be built up outside the camp. Inside, realistically, and these aren't cliches, we'll prepare for the game like any other game and it really doesn't matter what colour they are or who they are, you just go after the prize and that's what we'll do."