Donegal Ladies are on a roll and are aiming to keep that roll going when they host Kildare on Sunday in Division Two of the Tesco Homegrown Ladies League.
The game is in Milford, with a throw-in time of 1 pm brought forward from the original time of a 2 pm start. After three wins from three games Donegal are on equal points with Cavan and pipped for the top position on score average by the Breffni Ladies. And even that is a close run things with just a one point differential separating the two teams on score average.
Following their previous week’s one point victory over Ulster Champions Armagh, Donegal blew Clare away last weekend on their own patch. Niamh Hegarty, Amber Barrett, Shannon McGroddy, Roisin Curran and Sarah Patton scored the goals as Donegal emerged 5-12 to 1-3 winners over the Banner Ladies in Kilmihill on Sunday last.
Hegarty (4), Barrett (3), McGroddy, Curran along with Aoife McDonnell (2) and Karen Guthrie scored the points in the 21 point victory.
“It was good to make it three from three and it has been a great start to the league. But no one is getting carried away with the start we have enjoyed,” insisted Donegal experienced midfieler Karen Guthrie.
“In fairness it would be easy enough to get carried away but it is important to keep the feet firmly on the ground. I know we had an easy win on Sunday, but despite that we did not play all that well against Clare. In fairness the conditions were terrible wind and driving rain and the pitch was very heavy.”
Kildare have just three point from their three games to date. Those three points came in a 2-9 to 1-11 win over Leinster rivals Meath. The two defeats were heavy defeats at the hands of Cavan and Armagh last weekend. They went down 1-8 to 4-13 against Cavan and Armagh had 11 points to spare at the end of the 60 minutes, Armagh won 2-19 to 2-8.
“We haven’t played Kildare in a few years. The last time was a championship Qualifier in 2012 and we beat them that day and before that we played them in 2010 and 2011 in the league and there was never much between us.
“Looking at their team they haven’t changed a lot. They still have a good number of players from 2010 and 2011 still playing much like ourselves.
“They are a strong and quite physical and they have a number of quality footballers right through the team and we certainly won’t be taking their challenge likely.”
The Castlefin woman also dismisses any chat about a place in the knock-out stages in the competition and possible promotion back up to Division One.
“We have got off to a good start and we have made no secret of the fact that we want to qualify for the semi-final. But we have three tough games to come after Sunday against Meath, Cavan and Westmeath and there is no one in the squad or management talking about the semi-final or promotion.
“We are looking no further than Kildare on Sunday in Milford and making it four from four.”
With Geraldine McLaughlin and Kate Keaney still out through injury, the Donegal selection for Sunday’s clash with the Lilywhites is expected to be very much along similar lines to the one that started last weekend in Clare.