This weekend could mark the ultimate turnaround for the Dublin football team since Mick Bohan took over ahead of the 2017 campaign.

The previous three summers had all ended in disappointment as the Girls in Blue lost consecutive finals to Cork. But Sunday, as well as being sixth final on the spin for the team from the capital, is a chance to win three-in-a-row, and claim their fourth All-Ireland title this decade.

Bohan tells RTÉ Gaelic Games Correspondent Brian Carthy that he had to adjust the team's focus when he took the job.

"Rather than getting caught up on the fact that it was Cork, or Croke Park, factors that realistically had nothing to do with it but people can pin it down to that.

"Ultimately it was up to us to find the weaknesses they had as a team, diminish them, and make them into strengths.

The sides met in last year's semi-final

"They did a lot of moulding themselves, because the experience that they had brought from those defeats obviously served the group well in our term.

"They obviously learned huge lessons, which is part of the evolution of the game.

"As regards the weekend, three-in-a-row, it certainly hasn't been discussed amongst us because in its own right it’s an All-Ireland final.

"I know in our dressing-room, if anyone mentioned three-in-a-row, they’d only think of the ones they lost, and not the ones they’re trying to achieve."

This Dublin team has been built off the back of successful underage sides, with the likes of Martha Byrne, Olwen Carey, Carla Rowe, Ciara Trant, and Lauren Magee winning Aisling McGing Cups in the middle of this decade.

Throw in the experience of Lyndsey Davey and captain Sinéad Aherne, who played when these counties last met in the final in 2004, and it's clear as to why the Blues have been so hard to beat of late.

"A phenomenal group, they’ve an incredible bond amongst themselves," says Bohan.

"That comes from a number of things. The time you spend together, the way they look out for each other, both on and off the field. Being successful, or otherwise, getting to these days creates its own bond.

"They’re extremely proud of the city they represent, and the way they represent it."

Galway will come to Croke Park as rank outsiders, with a sense that it might be a year too soon for some of their younger players.

Davey is one of three survivors from the 2004 final agains the Tribeswomen

But Bohan says his players won't be taking anything for granted on Sunday.

"We played them in a League semi-final (in 2018) and pipped them with almost the last kick of the game. I know they would have felt really hard done by that day, and rightly so.

"Even during the League this year I think we might have beaten them away in Oughterard, but they would have felt it was a game they left behind them.

"They’re certainly not a team that’s overawed by playing Dublin, we’re aware of that.

"They’ve come into the final, and I would have said this for many years. The two best teams get to play in the All-Ireland final, and the best team wins; it’s no different this weekend."

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