Glenfin Ladies team’s dream season continues this Sunday when the play Donaghmoyne, in the Ulster Ladies Senior Club Championship final, in St. Tiernach’s Park, Clones. (Throw in 3 pm).
Back in August, Glenfin claimed their first Donegal senior crown when they defeated Four Masters in the county senior final having dethroned the reigning Donegal and Ulster champions Termon at the semi-final stage.
And now just over two months later they are gearing up for their first ever Ulster final and a crack at nine time Monaghan champions and 2009 All-Ireland club champions , Donaghmoyne.
On their way to the final the have defeated Down champions Annaclone (at home) and Cavan standard bearers, Lurgan (away) to reach the decider.
“Things have gone well for us since winning the county final. We had it easy enough against Annaclone at home, but we had it much tougher against Lurgan in the semi-final and it took a late goal from Mairead McMahon to clinch it,” said Glenfin manager, Frank McGlynn.
“But it was a good test for us and hopefully it will stand to us against Donaghmoyne. Training has gone well, though it is a little more difficult with a number of the girls away from home. Grainne Houston and Ciara Ward are in Dublin and Mari and Kathy Herron are in Liverpool, but they are training away. Grainne is training with Nadine Doherty at Na Fianna; Ciara with St. Patrick’s College and the two girls in Liverpool are training with their college so they are all in good shape. It is just that they are not able to be with us during the week.”
As for Sunday’s opposition, the Donegal senior panellists is expecting a tough game. “They are a strong outfit and have something like nine of the Monaghan panel that played in this year’s All Ireland final and they have been one of the top club teams in Ulster in recent years.”
Donaghmoyne were dethroned by Termon in last year’s final. A Geraldine McLaughlin goal five minutes into injury time snatched the victory for the Donegal girls who subsequently went all the way to the All-Ireland final before losing to Inch Rovers from Cork.
“We know we are up against a very good Donaghmoye on Sunday. But Termon beat them last year and we know if we play as well as we can and to our potential we are in with a good chance.”
Donaghmoyne boast of eight of the current Monaghan senior team with five of them - Linda Martin, Sharon Courtney, Amanda Casey, Cora Courtney and Catriona McConnell - all starting in this year’s All-Ireland final against Cork.
Four of them - Sharon and Cora Courtney, Amanda Casey and Catriona McConnell - have been nominated for All-Stars while former Donegal star Gina McGowan - daughter of Donegal GAA chairman P.J. McGowan - is also a member of the Donaghmoyne squad.
Gina is on her way back from injury and had her first outing in a number of weeks when coming off the bench against Clan Eireann in the semi-final.
On their way to the final Donaghmoyne have overcome Antrim champions St. Gall’s and Armagh champions Clann Eireann and have probably come through the slightly tougher side of the draw.
Glenfin have their county players too with All-Star Yvonne McMonagle spearheading the attack while further out the field they have Karen Guthrie and Grainne Houston in midfield and Kathy and Mari Herron and Diane McGlynn in defence. Mairead McMahon and Kathy McKenna also have county experience.
Glenfin are an all round well balanced and polished outfit and while they will go into the tie as the underdogs if, like Termon last year, they can stay with the Monaghan girls, they are in with a chance of adding the Ulster crown to their 2011 collection.
The problem is by all accounts Donaghmoyne are still smarting from Geraldine McLaughlin’s late, late show last year in Beragh.
Path to the final
Sunday October 2nd - Pairc Taoibhaoige
Annaclone (Down) 2-7
Glenfin: Sharon McGlynn; Sinead Campbell, Kathy Herron, Diane McGlynn; Anna Marie McGlynn, Maria Herron, Ciara Ward; Grainne Houston, Breda McGinty; Bridin Bonner, Margaret Farrelly, Laura McKenna; Mairead McMahon, Yvonne McMonagle, Anna Bradley. Subs: Karen Ward and Anne Marie McGlynn.
Sunday October 18th
Lurgan (Cavan) 1-6
Glenfin: Karen Ward; Diane McGlynn, Kathy Herron, Sinead Campbell; Anna Marie McGlynn, Mari Herron (0-1), Ciara Ward; Grainne Houston, Breda McGinty; Bridin Bonner, Karen Guthrie (0-1), Laura McKenna (0-1); Anna Bradley, Yvonne McMonagle (0-6), Margaret Farrelly. Subs: Mairead McMahon (1-0) and Laura McKenna.