Saffrons targeting a change in fortune
Antrim ladies football captain Saoirse Tennyson is hoping her team can write a new chapter in their history when they meet Fermanagh in the Ulster Ladies Junior football final at Clones tomorrow (1.30pm).
The two teams have become rather familiar with each other over the course of recent months with the Erne girls having the upper hand, but now Tennyson feels that the final offers her players the opportunity to scale a new peak.
"Fermanagh have beaten us a couple of times lately but we would be very keen to turn the tables," says Tennyson.
"We know they are a good side but after our semi-final win over Derry we believe that we have gained in confidence. We know we are facing a big challenge, though."
Tennyson leads a side that includes a number of talented players among them Lara Dahunsi, scorer of two goals in the semi-final against Derry, and Cathy Carey who has been a consistent scorer throughout the season.
Maria Hannon and Aislinn McFarland help to prop up a strong defence while Maeve McCurdy and midfield ace Ciara Brown are other players well capable of stepping up to the mark.
Eimear Smyth is very much the go-to player in the Fermanagh side given her phenomenal scoring record.
The Enniskillen A-level student, who recently won an Ulster GAA Writers Association monthly merit award, has topped the scoring charts for some time now and she presents a very real danger to the Saffrons tomorrow.
Fermanagh manager Johnny Garrity, though, is keen to talk up the spirit within his side overall.
"The girls share a great bond and we have prepared very hard for this final. Obviously Antrim will be keen to put one over on us," says Garrity.
Joanne Doonan, Danielle Maguire and Aisling O'Brien are other very capable performers in the Fermanagh side.