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Liatroim Fontenoys still sharp despite long wait

By John Campbell

Down champions Liatroim Fontenoys are hoping that patience proves a virtue when they meet Munster title holders Lismore in tomorrow's All-Ireland Intermediate Club camogie semi-final at Kinnegad (3.00pm).

Manager John Joe McCrickard had the Mourne County outfit psyched up for battle last weekend only for adverse weather conditions to force a postponement.

"While it was disappointing, we are ready for the fray this time round. We know that Lismore go into this game with a big reputation," stated McCrickard.

Liatroim Fontenoys have acquired an enviable reputation at intermediate level but McCrickard is keen to see an All-Ireland title annexed.

"I think these girls have it in them to deliver a title," he said.

"It's going to be a massive test for us because we know that Lismore have beaten some decent sides on their run so far."

* IT'S very much the new faces show as Down bid to launch their challenge for honours in the ladies football sphere.

Jess Fay, Sinead Brannigan and Jordan Magee are all in the side that will face Galway in the National League tomorrow.

Goalkeeper Brannigan made an impressive debut against Meath last weekend and acknowledges that she will be very much in the firing line against a lively Galway attack at Tuam Stadium.

"While I was happy enough with my display last weekend, I won't be taking anything for granted. Galway at home are always tough opponents and we are braced for a big challenge," says Brannigan.

Tyrone host Mayo at Healy Park, Omagh (12.00noon) and will hope to show a big improvement following their reversal against Kerry.

Meanwhile, the Glen club, which has been the dominant force in Derry ladies football for the past 10 years, has commenced the search for a new manager.

* ULSTER champions Truagh have surmounted some huge obstacles on the road to tomorrow's All-Ireland Intermediate Football Championship final against Connacht title holders Kiltane at Croke Park.

But manager Brian Rafferty is in no doubt that his charges now face the supreme test.

"They are a very focused team and they certainly have huge playing resources," mused Rafferty.

"There is tremendous excitement but we have to keep our feet on the ground. We have been getting great support and I would hope that we can repay the faith our fans have shown in us.

"It's a big ask to go out at Croke Park and deliver the goods but you could not ask to be playing football in better circumstances."

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