St Endas ladies harbour hopes and dreams of achieving something special on the eve of their rescheduled All-Ireland JFC final, writes Damien Donnelly. Hopefully the harsh winter weather will waiver ahead of Sunday’s big game in Mullahoran(2.00pm) as a second postponement would be tough on both squads.
The original final with Caltra Cuans from Galway was postponed a week ago due to a family bereavement within the Caltra club.
Fingers are crossed that an early trial run for a ‘White Christmas’ this weekend won’t derail the refixture.
Assuming it does go ahead, the game itself has the potential to serve up a feast of fine football between two very focused squads.
Speaking to the St Endas camp recently, I was impressed with their positive attitude and genuine all-round squad spirit.
Those attributes, combined with pure footballing ability, helped guide St Endas to new places this season and long-serving player Michaela O’Neill is enjoying being part of such a vibrant, close-knit effort.
“It’s a great honour to be involved with this group of players and the sense of togetherness is inspiring.
The girls comment on having tremendous trust in each other and the fact that they are committed to battling right to the last whistle. It has been a tough journey, however, to get to where we are after losing last year’s county final. Our form took some time to gather momentum in the first half of 2010. Thankfully we produced our best form in the championship, winning Tyrone and then experiencing the added thrill of becoming Ulster champions.”
An All-Ireland semi-final followed, presenting an oppotunity to reach a national final. Behind at half-time, the team dug deep into that spirit and resolve mentioned earlier.
“Now we face into an All-Ireland final and I have no doubt that our strong squad unity plus resilience will be to the fore once more. Caltra are going to set us a big test but it’s one that all the St Endas girls will be doing their level best to pass”, stated Micheala.
A Mna Naomh Eanna victory on Sunday would make it a magical Christmas for the Omagh camp but first there’s a high hurdle to be cleared in Cavan.
We at www.teamtalkmag.com extend very best wishes to Micheala and everyone connected with St Endas.