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All-Ireland Ladies’ crown will have to be won the hard way, says Donegal boss Maxie Curran


Donegal boss Maxie Curran brings in three fresh faces

Donegal boss Maxie Curran brings in three fresh faces

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Donegal boss Maxie Curran brings in three fresh faces

Donegal Ladies’ football manager Maxie Curran believes that whichever team wins the All-Ireland Ladies’ Football Championship title this year will have to do it the hard way.

With his side set to meet Meath in the Semi-Final today (4pm) while Kerry and Mayo are geared to do battle in the other last-four contest (2pm) in what is a hugely attractive Croke Park double bill, Curran is adamant that striving to win the title will impose “huge demands” on all four sides.

And he has made three changes to his line-up for the confrontation with the Royal County. Emer Gallagher, Tara Gegarty and Roisin Rodgers make way for Karen Guthrie, Susanne White and Róisín Rodgers.

“This is my fifth year in charge and I have never encountered a more level playing field,” pointed out Curran. “There are teams in there who are all of equal ability you could say and there will be huge demands made on all the sides involved.”

In overcoming Dublin by 3-7 to 1-7 at the Quarter-Final stage, Donegal showed a sharp attacking edge with Karen Guthrie (2) and Yvonne Bonner landing their goals while Geraldine McLaughlin contributed her usual volley of points.

As reigning All-Ireland champions, Meath will be viewed as being in the driving seat but they were pushed to the pin of their collar in just getting the better of Galway in their Quarter-Final outing by 1-12 to 1-11.

In the other Semi-Final, Kerry are hoping to build on their Quarter-Final performance against Ulster champions Armagh. The Kingdom won by 4-12 to 2-14 with Louise Ní Muircheartaigh proving their scorer-in-chief, which means she could come in for close attention today from the Mayo defence.

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Kerry have been in fine form of late with their attack in particular looking sharp but Mayo possess plenty of experience and will be keen to prove themselves against the Kingdom in what should be a close tie.

In today’s All-Ireland Senior Camogie Semi-Finals, Limerick will meet Waterford (3.15pm) and Dublin will face Kilkenny (5.30pm) on a Semple Stadium, Thurles double bill.

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