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Donegal test for Tyrone girls
Sunday’s draw with Galway gave Tyrone their first point of the campaign and they now prepare for the visit of All-Ireland intermediate champions Donegal to Drumragh this Sunday, writes Damien Donnelly.
A late Galway goal denied the Red Hands full points last weekend but the performance was a step up from game one against Monaghan and hopefully the promise can continue in Bord Gais National League round three on Sunday afternoon at Clanabogan.
The blend is very much one comprising the more established players and new arrivals onto the squad at the same time as some of the more recognisable home county names take time to recover from injuries.
Donegal will provide Tyrone’s opposition further down the line come championship time, so this is a useful dress rehearsal for both sides plus the main plot supplies key league points at stake here.
Donegal played in the All-Ireland intermediate decider last season at Croke Park on the same day that Tyrone contested their first ever All-Ireland senior final against Dublin.
Things did not go to plan for the Red Hands but Donegal won a dramatic intermediate decider.
The Donegal girls have won both league outings to date in Division One and so this is a tough test for a somewhat reshaped Tyrone team.
It’s a game and a challenge to savour, however, and Tyrone will relish taking on one of the emerging sides in the world of ladies football.
Ladies Colleges football is reaching an important stage of the season now, with Loreto from Omagh and St Louis of Monaghan due to play in an Ulster U-20 semi next week.
Several Tyrone school teams will be in the mix at various ages and grades as the next couple of months unfold.
The ladies club season is getting closer on the horizon too, so there’s plenty on the menu as spring settles into its stride.