Donegal Ladies away to Clare this Sunday

Donegal Ladies away to Clare this Sunday
Donegal Ladies are bidding to make it three wins from three games when they play Clare, on Sunday, in the Tesco Homegrown Ladies NFL Division Two.

Donegal Ladies are bidding to make it three wins from three games when they play Clare, on Sunday, in the Tesco Homegrown Ladies NFL Division Two.

The game is an away tie for Donegal and is in Kilmihill in West Clare, throw-in 1 pm. The game was originally fixed for 2 pm but has been brought forward following a request from Donegal.

Donegal have got the season off to impressive start with wins against Down and Armagh.

Milford’s Amber Barrett bagged three goals in the 6-16 to 0-6 win over Down in their opening game. And they followed that win up with a hard fought 1-11 to 1-10 victory over Ulster senior champions Armagh, in Pairc Taobhoige, Glenfin, on Sunday last with Karen Guthrie stepping up to kick the winning point in the closing minutes.

“We’ve had a good solid start. We set ourselves a target of two wins from the first three game so we have done that already and you could say we are ahead of target,” said Donegal manager Davy McLaughlin.

“It was good to get the wins against Down and Armagh and especially against Armagh. That win over Armagh was worth more than just the two points given the quality of the opposition.

“Armagh are the Ulster champions and were one of the top teams in the division last year. But now it is a matter of backing up that performance up against Clare, and making it three from three.

“We also set ourselves a target of reaching the league final and another win would be a big step in achieving that goal.”

Termon’s Emer Gallagher, who missed last weekend’s game against Armagh, returns for Sunday’s trip to Clare.

The regular full-back is the only addition to the squad from last weekend’s victory over the Orchard County girls.

Geraldine McLaughlin and Kate Keaney are still on the injured list while due to problem making flights Moville’s Niamh McLaughlin is also going to miss Sunday’s game.

Geraldine McLaughlin is still awaiting the go ahead for knee surgery while Keaney is still recovering from concussion suffered against Dublin in a challenge at the end of last month.

Clare have just one point from their two games. The point was secured against Meath last time out after having suffered a heavy opening round defeat away to Cavan.

With the exception to the returning Gallagher, the Donegal starting fifteen is expected to be along similar lines to last week against Armagh.