St Pauls v Moneyglass preview
By Kevin Herron
Antrim senior ladies captain Emma Kelly feels that Sunday’s championship final against Moneyglass will be “extra special” – given that the Shaws Road side are bidding for their seventh championship crown on the spin.
St Pauls have led the way in ladies senior Football but opponents Moneyglass have always hung to their coats tails and the adversaries will battle it out for the third successive season at Musgrave Park to tomorrow afternoon (3 o’clock throw-in).
Last year Kirsty McGuinness inspired her side to victory at Corrigan Park despite trailing at the break – while St Pauls produced late drama the year before and Kelly hopes that St Pauls great mix of experience will see her side clinch a seventh championship in a row.
“We’re looking forward to the game” revealed Kelly.
“Everyone wants to be in a county final and to be going for our 7th title in a row is something extra special. We have an amazing squad with a great mix of experience and youth”.
“We know Moneyglass will put it up to us and it will be a tough close game similar to the last two years – but alot of our girls dont know how to lose so hopefully that will stand to us on Sunday”.
This afternoon St Pauls junior side will take on Creggan in the Junior decider and Kelly hopes that there will be double cause for celebration at the Shaws Road on Sunday evening.
“Also a massive good luck to our juniors on Saturday. A lot of u16s and some older heads in the squad create a good balance. Let’s hope it’s a St Pauls double by Sunday evening”.
WHAT OF MONEYGLASS?
However – Moneyglass will be hoping to spoil any celebrations and finally come out on top in the showpiece occasion.
Manager Dee McConville is relatively new to the ladies game – starting out coaching his daughter Kerry’s St Pauls side before moving onto Antrim ladies U-16, Minor and Moneyglass this year.
McConville is relishing Sundays decider and insists his side are ready to get the better of St Pauls despite preparation taking a hit in the build-up due to injuries.
“I’m looking forward to it – the girls are really up for it” believes McConville.
“In the last six to eight weeks the level of intensity has increased and I think we’re ready for them. There is a bit of history between Moneyglass and St Pauls and it’s just a case of – we’ve got to get them over the line”.
“We have been riddled with injuries over the last couple of weeks so our preparation hasn’t been as great as we would have liked it to be – but we’ve coped and kept the heads down and got on with it and I think the girls are ready”.
McConville was a spectator at last year’s final and believes that the slickness of St Pauls saw them over and the line in a close encounter – the Moneyglass boss is expecting a third gripping instalment and feels his side have the tenacity, desire and passion to prevail at Musgrave Park.
“Moneyglass were six up at half-time – they were playing into a big breeze which didn’t help matters but because St Pauls were a very slick side, they got the better of them in the second-half”.
“I’m fully expecting a tight clash – St Pauls are a very experienced and well versed team but whenever you come up against a team that has tenacity, desire and passion – it is a lot of compete against and I give our girls every chance”.