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O'Hagan braced for tough test against Eglish

Chloe McCaffrey
Chloe McCaffrey
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By John Campbell

Clonduff camogie skipper Paula O'Hagan knows what it is like to bask in All-Ireland glory, but the enticing atmosphere of Croke Park will be somewhat removed today when she leads her side out against Tyrone representatives Eglish in the Ulster Intermediate Championship final at Pearse Og Park, Armagh (2pm).

Eglish will go into the game buoyed by a strong tradition, something of which O'Hagan is acutely aware.

"What we achieved last year does not count for anything now. Eglish are a good side no matter how you look at it and they will come at us strongly," O'Hagan maintained.

Her Eglish counterpart Aisling Jordan acknowledges that her team have not had as many competitive matches under their belt as they would have liked but insists that this will not in any way inhibit their efforts to secure provincial glory.

"Over this past two months we have been able to get several more games and they will stand to us against Clonduff," said Jordan.

"They are a very experienced team and we know we have to hit the ground running in this one," she added.

In the Ulster Club Ladies Football Championship, new Fermanagh football manager Ryan McMenamin will send his St Macartan's, Augher side into battle against Donegal outfit Termon while Donaghmoyne will take on Down title-holders Bredagh.

St Macartan's had a facile 5-12 to 0-3 win over Cavan side Crosserlough at the quarter-final stage but are aware that Termon, captained by Emer Gallagher, will provide a much stiffer test.

Chloe McCaffrey, Cathy Donnelly, Paula Donnelly and Niamh McGirr form the backbone of a St Macartan's line-up that clearly has the title in their sights.

McCaffrey is in particularly hot form just now and her penchant for snapping up goals is proving a decisive asset.

But she makes no bones about how she views her team's mission.

"We have a good squad and everyone makes an important contribution," she said.

"We will certainly need to be on our toes against what will be a fired-up Termon side," McCaffrey added.

Termon, who have home advantage, have certainly been showing good form to date and with captain Gallagher giving a lead they are capable of halting the progress of their Red Hand opponents in what should prove a thrilling tie.

Donaghmoyne, meanwhile, may not be quite as formidable as in recent years but they will nonetheless make life difficult for a Bredagh side that is keen to reach the decider.

The Belfast side has shot to the fore this year but face an acid test against their Monaghan opponents.

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