Begley out to Jostle Jackies

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Byline: MIKEY STAFFORD

SPORT giveth and sport taketh away. While Cork's senior footballers, until Sunday, were experiencing Croke Park agony ad nauseam, their Rebelettes were providing succour with their five-year domination of the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship.

The Rebels may finally have taken possession of Sam, but a new name will be carved onto the Brendan Martin Cup on Sunday when last year's beaten finalists Dublin take on debutants Tyrone in the senior final.

It will be a day of firsts as none of the six sides competing across the three grades has tasted success at the relevant level. Louth take on Limerick in the junior final, while in the intermediate decider Donegal face Waterford.

Despite being the side to bring Cork's reign to an end with their 3-11 to 0-13 quarter-final victory, Tyrone are the bookies' underdogs in the senior tie. Dublin's experience of running Cork so close in last year's final may be beneficial, but Tyrone forward Gemma Begley feels the Red Hand have proved they are a match for anyone.

'We sort of got the belief,' said the 25-year-old centre forward of Tyrone's victory over Cork. …