Eoghan Rua high in confidence
Derry and Ulster champions camogie Eoghan Rua (Coleraine) step into the lion's den when they face a powerful Milford side in tomorrow's All-Ireland senior club championship semi-final at Ashbourne.
It's a tough assignment for the north-west side, who were impressive in winning their county and provincial titles. They know they must reach a new peak if they are to reach the national decider.
Skipper Meabh McGoldrick, though, believes that the confidence her side has gained over the past year will stand to them.
"Obviously Milford are right up there and it will take a massive effort to dislodge them," says McGoldrick.
"But we have quality players in our side and we have self-belief. Having said that, we know it will take an exceptional display if we are to make it into the final."
The Eoghan Rua side is certainly not short on experience. McGoldrick and her much-decorated sister Grainne along with Katie Mullan, Grace McMullan, and Maure Heneghan can spearhead their challenge against a Milford team that has been a dominant force since 2012, when they won their first Cork county title.
They then went on to a maiden Munster title before lifting the All-Ireland title in 2013 at their first attempt. The good times just kept on rolling for Milford as they retained their Cork and Munster crowns last year.
Eoghan Rua manager Joe Passmore is among those who have lauded the Cork team's progress.
"They are red hot favourites and deservedly so. For our part we know we have nothing to lose. We want to do our club, Derry and Ulster proud," he said.