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Title target: Paula O’Hagan is keen to spark glory for Down
Title target: Paula O’Hagan is keen to spark glory for Down
John Campbell

By John Campbell

Paula O'Hagan will have a second major camogie honour within a matter of months in her sights when she lines out with Down in tomorrow's Ulster Senior Championship final at St Tiernach's Park, Clones (2pm).

Back in March, O'Hagan skippered Clonduff to the All-Ireland Intermediate Club title, and now she is targeting a provincial honour with Down, who will oppose Antrim in what promises to be an enthralling showdown.

The experienced O'Hagan played a big part in last Saturday's semi-final win over Derry but believes Antrim, who received a walk-over into the final after Armagh failed to field in the other semi, will form a much tougher test for her side.

"This is a massive challenge for us to put back-to-back titles together," pointed out O'Hagan.

"Last year was the first time in 17 years that we won the Ulster title and, while we always knew it was going to be a tough contest in the semi-final, we are just glad to be back in the decider and facing an Antrim side for whom we have great respect."

A keen rivalry has developed between the counties over the years and O'Hagan believes that this will bring an added edge to tomorrow's showdown.

"We have played Antrim many times over the course of recent years so the teams are very familiar with each other. It will really be a matter of how each side sets up on the day and how they take their chances," added O'Hagan, who is married to Down football team captain Darren O'Hagan.

She forms an experienced core of the Down side along with Karen McMullan, Niamh Mallon, Catherine McGourty and the Carr sisters, Fionnuala and Sara Louise.

Antrim, meanwhile, could have Meabhdh Laverty back in their line-up following a cruciate ligament injury.

She would join Katie McAleese, Niamh Donnelly, Chloe Drain and Lucia McNaughton in firing up the Saffrons' challenge.

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