Donegal Ladies return from their mid term break in need of league points when they face Dublin, on Sunday, in Castlefin/Killygordon. (throw-in 2 pm)
With no points from their three games to date - Laois away, Cork and Tyrone at home - Donegal are propping up the Tesco Homegrown Division One League table. They are three points adrift of Tyrone, who are second from bottom and seven points behind Sunday’s opponents Dublin. Dublin, who take an unbeaten three game run to the North West, are joint top along with Monaghan.
Donegal, who were well beaten by Laois in their opening game, bounced back and turned in a good performance, albeit ending in defeat to All-Ireland champions Cork, second day out.
The Rebelettes only pulled away in the closing quarter to win with nine points to spare after the sides were level 1-7 to 2-4 at half-time.
Donegal were still in the game on the back of good performances from Kate Keaney, Ciara Hegarty, Geraldine McLaughlin, Rose Boyle and Katie Herron until the closing minutes. Cork scored 1-1 in injury time to give a slightly flattering look to the scoreline.
But Donegal failed to build on this performance when they faced Tyrone seven days later, back in Castlefin.
The Red Hands entered the game on the back of two heavy defeats to Kerry, 1-16 to 1-6, away and Mayo 5-17 to 0-4, in Omagh.
There was great disappointment in the Donegal camp and among supporters after Tyrone emerged the victors with seven points to spare having hit Donegal for four goals, two of them in the opening minutes.
With Mayo and Monaghan still to come at home and Kerry away after Sunday’s game, relegation from the top division is a real prospect unless Donegal can turn their fortunes round in the coming weeks.
And nothing short of a repeat of their second round performance will be enough to get them back on track this Sunday against the bang in form Dubs.