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Tyrone Ladies Begin Division One Campaign

Thursday 31.01.2019
Team Talk Mag
County


 

The ladies national league campaign  gets up and running this Sunday. Tyrone travel to Cavan and it will afford them an opportunity to see where they really are as they prepare for senior championship football again.

Tyrone Captain Neamh Woods knows the measure of the opposition this weekend.

“We face a tough opener. They beat us at Drumragh last year. In this division every game is vital. We would be looking to get off with a win in such a competitive division. You really cannot afford too many slip ups and we know what to expect.”

“We will be well prepared. For us promotion has to be the focus, the target and that’s the way we are looking at things.”

There’s a familiar look to Tyrone as they face Cavan this weekend which is one of four away games but for now the focus for Woods and the management team is solely on Cavan.

“We have been preparing for this first league game” confirmed Moane. “It’s an away game against a team that beat us last year. I understand they have a few new players in but you know what to expect from any team managed by James (Daly). I think they bullied us a bit in last year’s game. That defeat ended our promotion hopes. It’s important for us to get off to a good start and full points is our target.”

While Gemma Begley joined the ranks of the retired last week, Moane will also have to make do without Emma Hegarty , Emma Mulgrew and  Lycrecia Quinn this term.

There’s also a significant injury count this week. The Tyrone manager though still boasts a strong squad to select from and there are also several new comers drafted in for this league season.

James Daly’s side have reached back to back league finals but have missed out on promotion at the final hurdle twice and Aishling Sheridan feels that the hurt they have experienced in those final defeats will stand them in good stead. She also confirmed that there are some new faces in the Breffni squad.

“We have players away, some experienced players, but in reality we have the bulk of the girls back again. There are girls coming in to the squad too from the minors, a very successful group of younger girls although we might have to wait on them” confirmed the experienced Cavan Captain. It’s clear though Cavan know where their priorities lie.

“We  are really determined to get promotion but this is such a tough league. So many senior sides in it and we have a difficult opener  this weekend. We are home but we know what Tyrone can bring. They won an all Ireland and those girls are still there.”

Tyrone will welcome Laois to Healy Park on February 10th before a double bill at the Omagh ground against Armagh on March 2nd as Mickey Harte’s side entertain Cavan. Throw in time on Sunday is 12-30pm and the game will be the first league game to be streamed live via the ladies GFA facebook pages courtesy of Mac AV.

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