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Fermanagh and Antrim are keen to boost hopes of All-Ireland glory

 

Title aim: Antrim skipper Saoirse Tennyson is ready
Title aim: Antrim skipper Saoirse Tennyson is ready
John Campbell

By John Campbell

It's not often that two Ulster sides find themselves in the running for the same All-Ireland title but this certainly applies to the Lidl All-Ireland Ladies' Junior Football Championship crown.

Both Antrim and Fermanagh have their sights on achieving national prominence but they both face stiff hurdles at this stage in their bid to achieve this.

In Saturday's semi-finals at St Tiernach's Park, Clones, Antrim will meet Louth (1pm) while Fermanagh will take on London (2.45pm).

Antrim manager Sean O'Kane does not mince his words in assessing his team's prospects of reaching the decider.

"The fact of the matter is that Louth have been seen as favourites to land the trophy for a while now and it will take a big performance from us if we are to halt them," maintained O'Kane.

Saffrons skipper Saoirse Tennyson and the free-scoring Cathy Carey have been very much to the fore in their team's bid for All-Ireland glory but both keep their feet rooted firmly to the ground regardless.

"We have taken each match as it has come this year. We have won some and lost some but we are in the semi-final and a win would get us a match in Croke Park. That's a massive driving force for us," said Tennyson.

Fermanagh are equally keen to share top billing on All-Ireland final day, according to manager Jonny Garrity.

"We know that London will be tough opponents because they have just beaten Carlow, who are no bad team," stated Garrity.

"It will take us to be right on top of our game if we are to reach the decider."

Eimear Smyth and Joanne Doonan are key figures in a Fermanagh attack which is capable of totting up a big score if plied with possession.

Smyth has been in red-hot form this year and her scoring feats have seen her carry off some individual honours. She is particularly keen to see her team flourish on Saturday.

"It doesn't matter who gets the scores as long as we get into the final, that's the main thing," said Smyth.

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