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McGahan out to dent hopes of Fermanagh and Antrim decider


Experienced: Catriona McGahan is battling for success with London
Experienced: Catriona McGahan is battling for success with London
Declan Bogue

By Declan Bogue

Quote of the week in ladies' football undoubtedly goes to former Tyrone player Catriona McGahan.

She has had an inter-county career that stretches back as far as 1995 with her native county, but a move to London in 2012 didn't mean a cessation of her playing career.

Instead, she took up with the Exiles and today faces Fermanagh in her latest attempt to make it back to Croke Park, as they meet in Clones at 2.45pm in the All-Ireland Junior Championship semi-final.

"I look around the dressing room and there are girls there that weren't born when I started, it's always a good talking point," she began.

"At my tender age it is on the same level as going to Bingo. It's always exciting, it's a case of so close yet so far and it's all on the day. Like in Bingo, you're waiting on that last number for a full house? Or will you leave empty-handed? I know what I want in Clones."

London faced Fermanagh at the same stage of the competition in 2017 in Dunleer, that encounter going to extra-time before the Erne County won out.

On the other side of the draw, Antrim will be hoping to get to the final too. They face Louth at Clones in the curtain-raiser, that game throwing in at 1.30pm.

The club Championships have taken centre stage in recent weeks in the Saffron County and while team preparations have been hampered by players concentrating on domestic matters, they are up against it with Louth.

The Wee County ladies made it to last year's Junior final, losing to Limerick, and they finished top of the pile in Division Four this year.

Saffrons manager Sean O'Kane said: "We were fortunate enough to beat them in the league semi-final to be honest and I imagine they'll be favourites.

"We still have every chance. Louth only beat London by a point in the group stages and London are a fine team," O'Kane added.

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