Confidant Kyla Trainor now targets All Ireland glory
Kyla Trainor dismisses any notion that Down's victory over Fermanagh in the Ulster Ladies Football Intermediate championship final earlier this year will give them any form of advantage when the teams renew their rivalry in tomorrow's All Ireland final at Croke Park.
Hot-shot Trainor is a key forward in a team that is hoping to follow in the footsteps of their county camogie sisters who landed their All Ireland crown when recently beating Loais (1-12 to 1-8).
"We know that Fermanagh and the Little sisters in particular will give us lots of problems," said Trainor. "They will have taken great heart from their fine semi-final win over Roscommon and we will certainly need to be on our toes from the start."
While provincial success has been warmly welcomed by Down, the prospect of All Ireland glory has really fired the team with ambition.
"When you get into a final you want to win it. We will be giving this game everything," added Trainor.
Down manager Mark Copeland, who it is understood has been taken on board by new men's county team boss Jim McCorry as part of his backroom team, has certainly been meticulous in his planning.
Training has gone well and Copeland is urging his team to adopt a positive stance and take the game to Fermanagh.
Trainor, skipper Niamh McGowan, Aileen Pyres and Lauren Cunningham are key figures while Fermanagh will look to the talented Little sisters Caroline and Sharon along with Lyn McFrederick and Aine McHugh to get them over the line.
In their resounding 7-12 to 3-12 semi-final win over Roscommon, Fermanagh were superbly served by the Little siblings.
Sharon scored 3-3 from play, while Caroline landed 2-5, with one of her goals coming from a penalty.