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Ulster duo out to earn a place in title decider

By Damien Donnelly

Two Ulster teams head off on their travels this weekend in the quest for All-Ireland ladies club championship final places.

Reigning All-Ireland senior champions Donaghmoyne from Monaghan are bound for County Clare and a last four meeting with The Banner, with Watty Graham's of Glen in Derry facing Dublin representatives Thomas Davis away from home as well.

Donaghmoyne survived a real scare against Termon of Donegal in the first Ulster final that required two late points from Cathriona McConnell to earn the Monaghan girls a replay.

The holders made no mistake on day two and now face a Banner team that have impressed many on their way to Clare and Munster titles. County player Niamh O'Dea is just one of several to watch.

Mary Grimes from the Donaghmoyne camp feels that that drawn game with Termon gave the team a sharp reminder of what can happen in knockout football.

"The girls realise they were very fortunate to get a second chance in Ulster and there is precious little room for error," she said.

"Sunday's game with The Banner is another big test but hopefully the team can go there and play to their full capacity in the chase for an All-Ireland final spot.

"They must overcome a strong Banner team, though, in order to get that chance at All-Ireland glory and their focus is fully on Sunday''.

There is a great sense of pride these days around Donaghmoyne after sisters Sharon and Cora Courtney from the Fontennoy club collected All-Star awards for their exploits in Monaghan colours.

Monaghan fell just short at the last hurdle in their All-Ireland race against Cork but Donaghmore are determined to go one step more and bring a 2013 national title back to the land of Oriel.

Watty Graham's of Glen, meanwhile, go to Dublin for a tough game too but Michelle McAteer, Caoimhe Moran and company are keen to extend Glen's season one match further beyond tomorrow.

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