Donegal five in-a-row champions Termon face Antrim champions St Paul’s, this Sunday in the first round of the Ulster Ladies Senior Football Championship.
The game is a home tie for the reigning Ulster and All-Ireland champions, Termon, with throw-in at the Burn Road at 2 pm.
This is a second championship meeting between Termon and St Paul’s. They met in the first round three season’ ago with the Donegal champions finally emerging seven point winners after a hard fought contest.
“The championship begins for us this Sunday,” said Francie Friel, who guided his team to a fourth Donegal Senior Championship in-a- row last month with a 4-13 to 1-11 final win over Glenfin.
“I know we have played St Paul’s a few years ago, but we don’t know a lot about them and it is still a step into the unknown.
“In Donegal we know our opposition but from now on we have to be on our guard and be prepared. They are the Antrim champions and from the little I do know about them they are a bit like ourselves and are the top team in Antrim for a the last few years.”
Termon breezed through Donegal with comfortable wins over Milford and Glenfin.
And with all of last year’s All-Ireland winning squad all back on board again this season, Termon are once again a formidable outfit.
“All the girls are back and are hungry for success and we have a fully fit squad for Sunday.
“Roisin McCafferty is due back from college in England on Friday night and Olive McCafferty is due home from Scotland on Saturday.
“We have everybody and the girls are really looking forward to Ulster and with the game at home we are expecting a big crowd to turn out in support,” insisted the Termon boss, who has Trevor Alcorn and Paul McDaid as his lieutenants once more.
Geraldine McLaughlin, who scored 2-4 in the final win over Glenfin, will once again captain the team and spearhead the attack from full-forward.
Termon were in Dublin last weekend to compete in the All-Ireland Ladies 7’s where they reached the semi-final before losing to Galway champions Kilkerrin/Clonberne, the side the defeated in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final.