Termon girls seeking second Ulster crown

Donegal Ladies champions Termon are on the trophy trail again this weekend when they face Monaghan champions, Donaghmoyne, in the Ulster Ladies Senior Championship final.

Donegal Ladies champions Termon are on the trophy trail again this weekend when they face Monaghan champions, Donaghmoyne, in the Ulster Ladies Senior Championship final.

The final is in Augher, Co. Tyrone on Sunday, throw-in 2.15 and it is a repeat of the 2010 final won by Termon as they claimed their first ever provincial crown.

After losing their county crown to Glenfin last season, they are back once more and knocking on he door of another title.

Termon won the 2010 final in a cracking contest by two points, 3-6 to 0-13. Their ability to engineer and score goals proved the difference on the day against the giants of Ulster club football.

Donaghmoyne are the reigning champions having defeated Glenfin rather easily in last year’s final and are appearing in their ninth provincial final on Sunday.

They have also won two All-Ireland club finals and are backboned by eight Monaghan county players.

“We are fully aware of the pedigree and the class in the Donaghmoyne line-up. But we have a lot of quality ourselves and we have beaten them before so we do not fear them,” said Termon manager Hugh Harkin, who has taken over the management reins from Trevor Alcorn, who masterminded the 2010 win.

Termon booked their place on Sunday last with a 5-5 to 1-8 victory over Down champions Bryansford, in Newcastle, in the semi-final. That was the Burn Road girls second outing of their Ulster campaign; they also had a convincing win over St. Paul’s from Antrim in the first round.

Donaghmoyne defeated Clann Eireann from Armagh in the other semi-final, also on Sunday last.

The Donegal champions are boosted by the return of county players for Sunday’s showdown, however, manager Harkin is sweating on the fitness of midfieler Sharon McLaughlin.

McLaughlin suffered a knee injury in the first round game and did not play in last weekend’s semi-final and is in a race against the clock to be fit to take her place on Sunday.

Geraldine McLaughlin, Maureen O’Donnell, Roisin Friel and Dara Kelly have been the form players in front of goals for Termon in all their games so far.

And it is this quartet along with their fellow county players Laura Gallagher, Niamh and Roisin Friel, Olive, Therese and Roisin McCafferty, Emer Gallagher and Nicole McLaughlin, that Harkin and Termon supporters will pin their hopes on.

Despite their success from two seasons ago and given Donaghmoyne’s pedigree, Termon will go into the tie as underdogs.

But it was a similar story in 2010, and they pulled off a famous victory. And with Maureen O’Donnell playing the football of her life and Geraldine McLaughlin still clocking up big scores despite her move out the field, another Ulster crown is not withing the bounds of possibility.

Termon panel:Laura Gallagher; Claire McDermott, Niamh Friel, Nicole McLaughlin;Petra McCafferty, Therese McCafferty, Grainne McCafferty; Sharon McLaughlin, Emer Gallagher, Roisin McCafferty, Geraldine McLaughlin, Olive McCafferty; Roisin Friel, Maureen O’Donnell, Dara Kelly,Caroline Gallagher, Shauna Kelly, Anne Marie McDaid, Aileen McGlynn, Anne McGlynn, Lucy O’Flynn, Charlene Conaghan, Aisling Ryan, Carolyn Duffy, Maria Carr, Jamie Lee Murray.