Donegal Ladies are back on the road this Sunday when they go head to head with Mayo in round three of the Tesco Ireland Ladies Division One in Claremorris. (Throw in 2 pm)
After last Sunday’s giant slaying act and their 3-10 to 2-7 victory away to Dublin, Roisin McCafferty - the Donegal captain - and the Donegal girls will be hoping to build on that six point victory when they face the Westerners.
The skipperacknowledged that the win over the Dubs was a big result and a great boost to confidence after losing their opening game to Laois, in Bundoran. The Laois game was Donegal’s only home game of the campaign!
“The win against Dublin was a super result after losing to Laois and especially away from home. It is always nice to beat the Dubs, and hopefully, we will learn from the game and step up it up against Mayo this weekend,” said Roisin, a student at Sligo I.T., who was appointed captain at the start of the season by new Donegal boss Hugh Molloy.
“We were very disappointed to lose to Laois, after playing well and being only two points down with 12 minutes remaining.
“But we took great confidence from the performance and talked about a few areas that we needed to work on and we put them into practice in the Dublin game and came out on the right side of the result.
“Everybody is working hard in training and in games and there is a good spirit in the squad and we are looking forward to the Mayo game. They are a very good side and I know a good few of the Mayo girls at College and they are staying very quiet and saying very little.
“They had no game last weekend and will be well rested and ready for us, but on the other hand we will have the extra game and hopefully that will stand to us.”
Geraldine McLaughlin scored 3-5 against the Dubs and was back to her brilliant best and the Termon lass will once again spearhead the Donegal challenge from full-forward.
Mayo have just one game played after last weekend’s meeting with Monaghan was one of the victims of the weekend heavy rain. They won their opening game against Tyrone, also at home, 2-12 to 2-6.
All-Star forward Cora Staunton scored 2-6 of the Mayo total against the O’Neill County and is still a key player for the Connacht ladies. Mayo are back up in Division One after a season in Division Two.
The outcome of Sunday’s tie promises to be intriguing and it could very much come down to a shoot-out between Staunton and Geraldine McLaughlin to decide where the points will go at 3.45 or so on Sunday evening.
Fiona McHale, Deirdre Doherty, Martha Carter and Claire Egan are other key players in the Mayo line-up.
Skipper McCafferty, Nicole McLaughlin, Ciara Hegarty, Deirdre Foley, Karen Guthrie, new kid on the block Aishling Cunningham, Lorraine Molloy, Eilish Ward along with scoring machine McLaughlin are the key personnel in the Donegal formation.