Termon Ladies head to Galway for All-Ireland semi-final

Termon Ladies head to Galway for All-Ireland semi-final
Just as Donegal senior team brushed aside all comers on their way to an All-Ireland final, Termon ladies have the chance to make the decider when they travel to Galway on Sunday (2 p.m.)

Just as Donegal senior team brushed aside all comers on their way to an All-Ireland final, Termon ladies have the chance to make the decider when they travel to Galway on Sunday (2 p.m.)

Francie Friel’s side are just one game away from a first ever All-Ireland Ladies final, with Galway and Connacht champions Kilkerrin-Clonberne Ladies team standing between them and the decider.

It is a second ever All-Ireland Kilkerrin-Clonberne-final for the ladies from Termon. They lost out to eventual champions Inch Rovers of Cork at the Burn Road in 2010.

Since then Carnacon of Mayo and Donaghmoyne of Monaghan have been the dominant club sides in ladies football, but this year those two big guns have fallen in Ulster and Connacht to the sides that face each other on Sunday next.

“The two clubs would be similar in many ways,” says Termon manager, Francie Friel.

“I have been watching their development over a number of years. They defeated Carnacon this year in the Connacht final by a point so they must be a good side.”

Termon accounted for reigning Ulster champions, Donaghmoyne, in the final in Brewster Park and they did it in some style.

“We have a full panel to pick from and after losing out in 2010, we would like to go that extra step this year. It is down the last four and with the big two clubs gone, it is all to play for, but we know Kilkerrin-Clonberne will be no pushover. It will be one hell of a game for us,” said Friel.

Then any team that has Geraldine McLaughlin always has a chance. When put to him that she was similar to Michael Murphy with Donegal in that she was so vital, Francie replied: “Geraldine gets most of the plaudits but we have to keep them out at the other end too.

“Let’s face it, I said this before. She is the best player in Ireland and can play in any position. She is that good,” said Friel.

With the weather taking a turn for the worse this week, Friel agreed that conditions will not be great for Sunday’s game but he wasn’t going to have any excuses.

“It will be the same for both sides. It will come down to who adapts the better.”

This week preparations were being made to bring a healthy support down to the semi-final, which takes place on the home pitch of Kilkerrin-Clonberne, outside Tuam.

“There are plans to have a good few there with some going down to stay overnight. We were missing a few supporters at the Ulster final because it clashed with Glenswilly in the county final so we should have a good support this time,” said Friel, who added that it would be important, given that the Galway champions had home advantage.

The Galway side are powered by captain Annette Clarke, who captained Galway to their one and only All-Ireland senior crown in 2004, while young Olivia Divilly is a player to watch. Louise and Nicola Ward also members of the Galway senior ladies panel.

The Galway club are famous for having two players - goalkeeper Johnny Geraghty and Martin Tyrell - on the three-in-a-row in the 1960s while John Divilly was on the All-Ireland winning team of 1998.

Termon Ladies travel with some confidence after defeating Donaghmoyne and can go that step further and reach the All-Ireland senior club decider.

TERMON SQUAD

Laura Gallagher, Lauren McElwaine, Petra McCafferty, Emer Gallagher; Maria Carr, Roisin Mc Cafferty, Olive McCafferty; Shannon McGroddy, Nicole Mc Laughlin; Sharon McLaughlin, Grainne McDaid, Dara Kelly; Maureen O’Donnell, Geraldine McLaughlin (c), Roisin Friel, Lucy O’Flynn, Jamie Leigh Murray, Niamh Friel, Anna Gallagher, Therese McCafferty, Hollie McDaid, Claire Mc Dermott, Shauna Kelly.