McKinley is keeping his Slaughtneil girls focused
When former Antrim hurler Dominic McKinley, currently a member of the Saffrons' management team, took the decision to "help out", as he puts it himself, Slaughtneil camogie club, he little dreamt that he could find himself on the cusp of All-Ireland glory.
Yet if coach McKinley succeeds in plotting the downfall of Tipperary and Munster champions Burgess-Duharra in tomorrow's semi-final at Grattan Park, Inniskeen, his Slaughtneil side will be one step nearer the ultimate glory - and perhaps become bracketed as history makers.
Next month Slaughtneil will also play in the All-Ireland Club hurling and football semi-finals and while romantic visions of an unheard of triple national coup form, the firmly grounded McKinley is totally focused on tomorrow's contest.
"Let's be realistic, Burgess-Duharra beat Iniscarra in the Munster final who had previously beaten All-Ireland champions Milford from Cork so this underlines the enormity of our task," pointed out McKinley.
The three Cassidy sisters, Aoife, Bróna and Éilis, along with Louise Dougan, Claire McGrath, Mary Kelly, Shannon Graham and Sinead Mellon form the bedrock of the Slaughtneil side while Burgess-Duharra will look to free-taker and skipper Jenny Grace, Caoimhe Maher, Tishy O'Halloran, Ciara McKeogh and Ruth Barry to set the tone for their performance.