Donegal Ladies wrap up league in Kerry

Donegal Ladies wrap up league in Kerry
Donegal Ladies make the long trek to Kerry to wrap up their Tesco Homegrown Division One League campaign on Sunday.

Donegal Ladies make the long trek to Kerry to wrap up their Tesco Homegrown Division One League campaign on Sunday.

The game is at the Tralee IT ground with a throw-in time of 12 noon. Already consigned to Division Two for next season following six straight defeats, Donegal are bidding for a first win of the campaign against table toppers Kerry.

This has been a difficult campaign for Donegal both on and off the park.

They lost their three opening games and then their manager Margaret Foy stepped down following a heavy defeat to Tyrone.

New manager Davy McLaughlin only took charge for the first time against Monaghan last time out. And despite a spirited performance, Donegal lost that game 2-7 to 3-9 after giving the Farney girls plenty to think about for the most of the 60 minutes.

“I was very encouraged with the performance against Monaghan and being honest if the game had gone on any longer I believe we would have gone on and won. We finished very strong and had them on the back foot in the closing stages and they were panicking in the closing minutes,” said Davy McLaughlin.

“The performance was very encouraging and I watched them against Cork, too, and they were in that game for a long time too and were more than a match for the Cork girls.

“Those performances have convinced me that we are not too far away and on our day we are more than a match for any of the top teams.

“It is a matter of restoring confidence now and while the league is written off we are not writing off the rest of 2014.

“We have the winners of Tyrone or Armagh in the championship at the end of June and we have already turned our thoughts to that game. And we are using this weekend’s trip to Kerry as the start of that preparation. That is why we are heading away early on Saturday morning so that we can get some work done down in Kerry.”

Irish oral exams means that McLaughlin will be without Amber Barrett and Shannon McGrody, while work commitments has also ruled out Termon’s Rosin Friel from making the trip.