Last week Donegal scoring sensation Geraldine McLaughlin led Letterkenny IT to a third level colleges Donaghy Cup final triumph over IT Blanchardstown.
The Termon lass scored 4-12 in LYIT’s 4-15 to 3-15 victory, a scoring feat that prompted ‘RTE Sunday Game’ pundit Joe Brolly to pose the question: Is McLaughlin the best Gaelic Footballer in the country?
But last week’s success is in the past, and the Termon player, who scores goals for fun, has turned her focus to this weekend and Donegal’s, Division Two, Lidl Ladies League semi-final meeting with Cavan, in Beragh, Co Tyrone. (throw-in 2pm).
“I saw that,” she laughed when reminded of Joe Brolly’s tweet.
“This weekend’s game is a big game for us and the focus has to be on Cavan. It was brilliant to win last week but the Cavan game is an important game.”
Donegal are undefeated with seven straight wins, and for the second year-in-a-row, they are chasing a place in the Division Two League final and a crack at promotion.
Donegal also took an eight game unbeaten run into the league final, only to be well beaten by Armagh and missed out on promotion. Only one team is promoted from Division Two to the top division.
“The lesson we learned from last year was that winning all our games in the league counts for nothing if you don’t win the semi-final and the final,” McLaughlin added.
“It is now a matter of taking it one game at a time. The focus now is on the Cavan game and winning that match and then advancing to the final.”
Amber Barrett, who suffered a nasty lip injury in Donegal’s last league game which was against Cavan in Tír Chonaill Park the weekend before last, and Cloughaneely’s Roisin Curran ( broken arm) will miss Saturday’s game.
Otherwise manager Micheál Naughton has reported a fully fit squad.