Donegal Ladies face a Royal challenge

Donegal Ladies face a Royal challenge

Donegal Ladies are chasing a fourth straight win this Sunday when they face Meath in Division Two of the Lidl Ladies National Football League.

The game is in Meath with a throw in time of 2 pm. Donegal were still awaiting confirmation of a venue last night (Wednesday).

Donegal go into the game on the back of three straight wins over Westmeath, Laois and Sligo and sit on top of the Division Two League table on nine points, ahead of Clare and Cavan on score average. Cavan and Clare meet this Sunday.

With the top four qualifying for the league semi-final Donegal are almost certain of a place in the last four if they take full points from their trip to the Royal County. Donegal, on the back of their big wins over Westmeath, Laois and Sligo, have a much superior score difference to Clare and Cavan. Donegal have a score difference of +41, with Clare on +33 and Cavan on + 30.

Donegal are at home to Clare on Sunday week.

“We are in a good position and are top of the table and looking at the table if we can beat Meath we are almost certain of making the semi-final which has been the number one goal,” said Donegal manager Micheál Naughton.

“It is a big game from that point view but Meath had a big win over Sligo and while we won easy enough in the end we hadn’t it all our own way against Sligo the last day, so we are expecting a tough game on Sunday.”

Meath lost their other two games against Laois and Cavan and have just three points from their win over Sligo.

Donegal used last week’s break in the league to have a training camp and team bonding session. They trained on Saturday morning in Glenswilly and stayed in the Loch Altan Hotel, Gortahork, on Saturday night and trained on the beach in Gortahork on Sunday morning.

“The weekend went very well and the girls enjoyed it. We had two good training sessions and Sean (O’Kane) got a good bit of work done with the girls in the two sessions.

“And we also had a good meeting on Saturday night and I feel we got a lot out of the weekend and it was a very worthwhile exercise,” added the Donegal boss.

Donegal will be without the injured trio of Kate Keaney (ankle), Amber Barrett (hamstring) and Shannon McGroddy (concussion) for Sunday’s game. They all picked up their injuries in College games.

The Donegal boss is not expected to finalise his starting team until after training tomorrow night (Friday).