With ladies football continuing to go from strength to strength, Dublin captain Sinead Aherne says the momentum must be kept up for the sport to prosper.

The ace forward is looking to lead her county to three in a row on Sunday when they take on Galway with the inter-county game a world removed from the one she started out 15 years ago.

Last year's All-Ireland final broke the 50,000 mark - more than the men's All-Ireland semi-final between Monaghan and Tyrone - and the St Sylvester's player is hoping all stakeholders can continue the good work carried out in recent years.

"There are lots of different things that have to keep happening for the sport to keep growing," she told RTÉ Sport. 

"The standard that the game has to go to in order to generate that interest; to get the media interested, the young players in and harness their athletic development and coaching. There are so many facets of the game that have been coming on leaps and bounds in the ladies game over the past number of years.

"I think we will see huge strides being made over the following years if we can keep that momentum going.

There is simply "no comparison" to when she first donned the Dublin jersey. Fifteen years ago the team wouldn't have been guaranteed a physio at a match, now each player's health insurance is being taken care of. 

"It's a huge thing to know that if you are an injured player, especially a long-term injury, you are going to be supported."

Aherne scoring  goal against Kerry in the All-Ireland quarter-final

Standing in their way of a slice of history is a Galway team hungry to atone for last year's fall at the penultimate hurdle to the Dubs. 

Aherne says she has been impressed by Galway's ability to edge out close games, most notably against Mayo last time out.

"They have had a good year and come through a few games where they have had to really dig deep. They might be coming in a little bit under the radar, but I'm sure that suits them fine. We rate them very, very highly."

The Tribeswomen certainly won't be taking the Dublin captain lightly. Last year she ransacked the Galway defence on her way to a haul of 2-04, half the team's total in the semi-final, before plundering 1-07 against Cork in the decider.

Aherne has three goals in her last two games, but isn't getting carried away by her own scoring exploits.

"As a forward, any day you are on the score sheet, that's the aim. But there are so many different roles that go into being a forward, it's not necessarily about getting scores, it's about getting the ball to the right person at the right time.

"At the end of the day, if it's a low scoring game and we manage to get there in the end, we are happy."

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