Dublin's Carla Rowe says that beating Cork was 'always a little bit in the back' of their minds as Mick Bohan's charges completed back-to-back All-Irelands for the first time in their history.

Rowe, who played an instrumental role in their victory, said it was 'a dream' to achieve that feat.

She scored two crucial goals to send her side on the way to a five-point win in a display which helped her to secure the player of the match award.

The Dubs had suffered endless heartache at the hands of the Rebels in previous All-Ireland finals, and Rowe admitted that those painful defeats were always on their minds, although they also ensured that their own performance was the primary focus.

"It's always a little bit in the back of your mind," she told RTÉ GAA correspondent Marty Morrissey. 

"This year we really were focused on Dublin, I know that can be a bit clichéd but we did just focus on ourselves and those last couple of moments you were determined to finish the game off knowing I suppose knowing that they do come back strong at the end."

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The first of Rowe's two goals came in the first half as Dublin lead 2-06 to 1-05 at the break. She subsequently made a decisive intervention after 48 minutes of play and crashed home her shot for Dublin’s third goal following on from a great run from Lyndsey Davey.

Remarking on her scores however, Rowe heaped the praise on her teammates for their efforts in creating the chances.

"I just did the hard run from the wing and the girls drove through the centre and I finished it off. The props have to go to the girls who did it but it was a nice feeling on the day to be able to do the bit for your team."

"It was a team performance from the keeper to the backs and the forwards. It's just fantastic to go out and perform on the day. It's a dream."