Leitrim Ladies will look to put the disappointment of last month’s Bord Gais Ladies Division 3 Final defeat to Westmeath behind them on Sunday afternoon when they take on Sligo in the Connacht Ladies Intermediate Championship Semi-Final in Castlebar.
Niall Kilcrann’s side take on Sligo at McHale Park at 12 noon with a place in this year’s Final against Roscommon at stake. Leitrim achieved a third spot finish in this year’s league campaign and were unlucky not to finish top of the pile after winning six out of their seven games in the division. They finished level on points with both Westmeath and Armagh, but were placed in third spot due to points difference.
Speaking to the Leitrim Observer ahead of the tie, Niall says his panel are looking forward to the challenge - “Things have been going well since the (Westmeath) game. We went back to training a week after the final, so we didn’t have too long to dwell on the defeat. We have been preparing for Sligo ever since we’ve gone back training and the girls are looking forward to it.”
Leitrim have already come up against the Yeats County this year. Back in February, a goal and nine points from top scorer Aine Tighe helped her side to a 3-12 to 1-09 win over Sligo at Connolly Park in Collooney. Niall knows that his squad cannot rest on past victories though, and will have his players well prepared for anything Sligo will put between them and a place in a Connacht Final.
“The last time we played Sligo was four months ago in mid-February”, he says. “At that stage both, teams were just finding their feet, and we were just two games into the league campaign. They will have a totally different approach to this game and will have done plenty of work to prepare for us.”
Kilcrann will be without Sharon Kerrigan and Sarah McManus for the game. Both ladies have travelled to Australia and will not return to the panel for several weeks. If Leitrim manage to overcome the challenge of Pat Costello’s Sligo team in Sunday’s semi-final, they will face neighbours Roscommon in the Connacht Intermediate decider on Sunday, July 8.