Offaly face east side neighbours Kildare tonight in the BGE u21 Leinster hurling championship in hope to set up a provincial semi-final showdown with the winners of Laois and Carlow.
Independent Sports writer Michael Verney today reported that a number of Faithful hurlers are feeling the pressure under new manager Eamonn Kelly. Kelly who was put in charge of the Offaly hurling team late last year has a new focused approach to bring Offaly back to a competitive level at the top tier of the Senior hurling championship.
After being crowned division 4 National League Champions and being narrowly defeated by relegated side Kildare in the Leinster final, the Offaly Ladies will be out in force this weekend in a bid to reach a semi-final spot of the Tg4 Intermediate All-Ireland Ladies Football Championship.
On Saturday the Faithful girls will go head to head with Ulster champions Fermanagh in Mullahoran, Co Cavan at 1pm. Having received a Walk-over in the qualifier round from Longford, Offaly will be hoping to bounce back from their Leinster final defeat at the hands of Kildare. On that day Offaly dominated scoring with forwards such as Linda Sullivan and Lorraine Keena kicking five goals with two shots also hitting the post. The Offaly management will be hoping that their hard work and training along with some luck will swing their way to progress into the final four in the country.
St.Rynagh’s native Laura Devery is set to captain the side wearing the number one shirt. In defence Emma Dalton is likely to wear number six with the experienced Aoife Byrne, Catherine Bennett, Michelle Guinan, Siobhan Flannery, along with young players such as Nicole Farrelly, Ciara O’Connor and Emma Maher all fighting for the remaining places in the defence. At centre field Offaly have capable players that can play both in attack and defence, these options are made up of skilled players such as Treasa McManus, Aoife Norris, Roisin Egan, Sinead Daly, Kym Furey, along with Dalton and Flannery can all play in that sector of the field.
In the forward line Offaly boasts a huge number of talented players. Minor players Roisin Egan, Ellee McEvoy and Aoife Corbett all add exuberance to the Offaly forward line along with the ever experienced Linda Sullivan, Lorraine Keena, Orlagh Heavey and Furey the 10 to 15 selection will give boss Greg Farrelly a good headache over the coming days.
This week also seen the return of 2013 LGFA player of the year Mairead Daly back to training this week, this will be a huge boost to the Offaly side.
Fermanagh defeated Antrim with ease in the Ulster final, but Offaly should have no fear going into this game. The Offaly Ladies camp have been going from strength to strength in recent years and this weeekend could see that progression go even farther.
This weekend, the Ladies Leinster football finals take place. In the build up to these finals guaranteedannmarie.com spoke to some of the Offaly Ladies footballers to get to know the player under the jersey. The very best of luck to the girls this weekend. The girls play on Sunday July 19th in Netwatch Cullen Park Carlow in the Intermediate Leinster Ladies football final against Kildare at 2pm. Dual star Linda Sullivan talks about her career so far in her player profile.
This weekend, the Ladies Leinster football finals take place. In the build up to these finals guaranteedannmarie.com spoke to some of the Offaly Ladies footballers to get to know the player under the jersey. The very best of luck to the girls this weekend. The girls play on Sunday July 19th in Netwatch Cullen Park Carlow in the Intermediate Leinster Ladies football final against Kildare at 2pm