Leitrim and Sligo have named their teams to start next Sunday’s TG4 Connacht Ladies Intermediate Championship team with Sharon Kerrigan making a dramatic return to the starting line-up for the Green & Gold.
Kerrigan had missed the entire year due to injury but her return at centre-forward gives Leitrim more experience in attack.
Leitrim manager Pat Costello also resisted the temptation to return Michelle Guckian to goal, opting to start the St. Mary’s clubwoman in the full-forward line with captain Aine Tighe beside her.
Sligo name a strong line-up along expected lines but the one surprise is the inclusion of Irish Senior soccer international Emma Hansberry among the substitutes. Hansberry has not been involved with the Yeats women all year but would be a huge addition coming off the bench.
Of course the starting teams are subject to change as Leitrim regularly make changes to the named line-up before the start.
The full line-ups are as follows:
LEITRIM: 1 Michelle Monaghan (St. Francis), 2 Claire Beirne (Mohill), 3 Mary Farrell (Dromahair), 4 Claire Owens (St. Joseph’s), 5 Aine Heslin (St. Joseph’s), 6 Lorraine Brennan (Cloone), 7 Melissa Hewitt (Glencar Manorhamilton), 8 Anna Conlon (Dromahair), 9 Deirdre Ward (Mohill), 10 Michelle Heslin (St. Joseph’s), 11 Sharon Kerrigan (St. Ultan’s), 12 Emma Guckian (St. Mary’s Kiltoghert), 13 Carla LeGuen (Aughawillan), 14 Aine Tighe (Kiltubrid), 15 Michelle Guckian (St. Mary’s Kiltoghert)
Subs: 17 Sinead Tighe (Kiltubrid), 18 Roisin McHugh (Sean O’Heslin’s), 19 Bronagh Rooney (Glencar Manorhamilton), 20 Mairead McCawley (St. Francis), 21 Ailish O’Dowd (Sean O’Heslin’s), 22 Caoimhe Canning (Mohill), 23 Roisin Fowley (Dromahair), 24 Bronagh O’Rourke (St. Joseph’s), 25 Annette Ferguson (Glencar Manorhamilton), 26 Stephanie Reynolds (St. Francis), 27 Dearbhaile Beirne (Mohill), 28 Eimhin Quinn (Aughawillan), 29 Aisling Quinn (Aughawillan), 30 Laura O’Dowd (Sean O’Heslin’s)
SLIGO: 1. Noelle Gormley (St Nathy's), 2. Anne M Coleman (St Nathy's), 3. Marie Ruane (St Farnan's), 4. Ruth Goodwin (Coolera/Strandhill), 5. Lauren Boles (St Michael's), 6. Eilise Codd (St Michael's), 7, Jacqui Mulligan (St Farnan's), 8. Sinead Mc Tiernan (Geevagh), 9. Bernice Byrne (Geevagh), 10.Laura Ann Laffey (Coolera/Strandhill), 11. Stephanie O' Reilly (Geevagh), 12. Elaine O'Reilly (Geevagh), 13. Denise McGrath (Ballymote), 14. Ciara Gorman (St Nathy's), 15. Emma Kevany (St Pat's)
Subs: 17. Tara Doddy (St Nathy's), 18. Lisa Casey (Eastern Harps), 19. Sarah Reynolds (Geevagh), 20. Katie Walsh (Tourlestrane), 21 Michelle McNamara (Drumcliffe Rosses Point), 22. Mary Anne O'Kennedy (St Nathy's), 23. Megan McCormack (Easter Harps), 24. Aimee Cawley Fox (Eoghan Rua), 25. Leah Kelly (St Farnan's), 26. Aisling O'Gara (Eastern Harps), 27. Anna Corcoran (Tourlestrane), 28. Shona Gorman (St Michael's), 29. Emma Hansberry (St Mary's)