Marita drawing on past woe in Ernesiders' silverware bid
Fermanagh skipper Marita McDonald believes her preparations for today's All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Football Championship encounter with Leitrim started in the immediate aftermath of the 2014 final defeat to Down.
"I was told that you must lose a final to know what it takes to win one and I have borne that in mind," said McDonald. "Although Fermanagh are a long way from an All-Ireland final right now, it does not mean that we cannot apply this mantra."
The Ernesiders could hardly be facing today's game at Templeport (Co Cavan) against a more difficult backdrop. They have not won a competitive game this year and Leitrim have already beaten them in the league.
Fermanagh have concerns about Shauna Hamilton and Ciara McGuinness, who have been recovering from injury lately, while Aishling Mone has not played since the defeat to Down.
The finals of the All-Ireland Poc Fada competitions in hurling and camogie will be held over the Cooley Mountains today and Brendan Cummins (Tipperary) is aiming for his 10th hurling honour. Two Ulster hurlers, Karol Keating (Down) and Ruairi Convery (Derry), are in the frame.