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Termon grab gold thanks to McLaughlin

By Pat Smith

The major football prizes may have proved elusive from an Ulster perspective this year but the ladies are certainly playing their part in ensuring that the province remains in the national spotlight.

With Down having already captured the All-Ireland Junior crown, the All-Ireland club title has now arrived courtesy of Donegal outfit Termon.

Yesterday they beat favourites Mourneabbey (Cork) in a thrilling All-Ireland decider by 3-12 to 1-13

And in the process Termon provided a new sporting heroine in Geraldine McLaughlin who scored 3-8 of her team's total - and had a hand in the other four points!

It was a stunning success by Termon who have shown remarkable resilience this year and their success is the first achieved at this level by a Donegal club since 1968.

The team's victory has been hailed by Ulster officials and marks a significant step forward for the ladies game here.

The Donegal team that was beaten by Kerry in the All-Ireland final will receive their Ulster championship and All-Ireland runners-up medals at a banquet in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town on Saturday next when it is expected that ex-manager Jim McGuinness will be in attendance.

His successor Rory Gallagher is pressing ahead with plans to finalise his backroom team and it is understood that he is still awaiting a response from Martin McElkennon to join the Donegal set-up as the new fitness guru.

While the focus next weekend will be on medal presentations, arrangements are also being made for a Donegal team holiday next month with the destination being New York.

Meanwhile, new Down hurling manager Michael Johnston plans to get down to business. The Antrim native and former Armagh boss succeeds Gerard Monan who stepped down earlier this year.

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