DONEGAL LADIES FOOTBALL: CAPTAIN KATY HOPING FOR ‘SPECIAL’ HOME WIN AGAINST ARMAGH

first_imgCAPTAINING your county team is always special but for Glenfin’s Katy Herron it will be extra special as she leads Donegal into action against Armagh at her home club on Sunday (throw-in 2pm).The 25-year-old school teacher will have friends and relations galore at her home ground for the first National League Division 2 game of the new season.And with a panel of players now drawn from the ranks of all clubs across the majority of parishes in the county by manager Davy McLaughlin, the game will draw a crowd from far and wide. Many will be driven by the recent successes of ladies football in Donegal, says Katy.“It is going to be that wee bit extra special leading my county out onto the pitch of my home club on Sunday,” she says.“There will be a good few relatives, club members and friends here so it is going to be special for me but the focus will remain the same. It’s about getting points on the board.”Donegal were relegated from the top division last year and lost out by six points in the Ulster Championship to Sunday’s visitors Armagh; but there was a resurrection in the championship – especially taking Kerry to extra-time in the All-Ireland series. “We knew in that game (Kerry) that we had the beating of them over the hour but we also knew we didn’t have the legs in extra time and fitness was an issue. We were mentally ok, but physically we weren’t,” says Katy.“But we have all put in a lot of work over the winter with Adam Speer and that has been hugely beneficial. We’re better prepared now than ever before both physically and mentally.“The Kerry match gave us a lift despite the loss and then our clubs went on to achieve so much in the autumn, especially with Termon lifting the All-Ireland club title which has lifted the game throughout the county and I think every player at every club got a boost from that.“We put in a lot of effort last year in the league and came so close on so many occasions but the fact is we didn’t cross the line when we needed to and we know where we need to go.“Division One is where we want to be so we want to get back up there,” says Katy who is currently teaching at Holy Cross in Strabane. SUPPORTThe county captain is hoping there will be a big turn-out in Glenfin on Sunday.“There is a good selection of players from around the county; we have a lot of new players coming through into the ranks from the junior clubs too and that is great to see.“I hope the supporters come out in big numbers. This is a big one for us and expectations are high so we need them behind us.” Termon captain Geraldine McLaughlin will be missing through injury.Manager Davy McLaughlin is expected to finalise his panel later today.He is also thinking about the future, with Donegal deciding to enter the U21 Championship between the league and provincial championships, giving starts for another generation of Donegal Ladies footballers.Throw-in is at 2pm.DONEGAL LADIES FOOTBALL: CAPTAIN KATY HOPING FOR ‘SPECIAL’ HOME WIN AGAINST ARMAGH was last modified: January 29th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:armaghDivision2donegalKaty HerronLGFANational Leaguelast_img

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