By Niall Gartland
DONAGHMOYNE’S report in All-Ireland semi-finals has been comparatively poor by their very own excessive requirements in latest seasons, and that’s one thing their coach Annemarie Burns is wanting to rectify.
The Donaghmoyne women tackle Galway outfit Kilkerrin-Clonberne on Sunday as they bid to reach the All-Ireland final for the first time since 2016 (an excellent day for the Monaghan membership as they claimed their fifth ever title).
However, they’ve performed in two All-Ireland semi-finals since, and misplaced them each, so that they’ll be hoping it’s third time fortunate this Sunday.
“We’ve fallen short this last few years and we’re disappointed by that, as we thought we had them prepared well in the games we lost. The travel is hard, the last two we lost, we had a long distance. We’d definitely like to get back to a final but we’re facing a very good squad, they’ve been knocking on the door and they’re still young as well. It’s not going to be easy but we’ll go with a positive attitude anyway.”
Donaghmoyne gained their thirteenth Ulster title with a replay victory over up and comers Bredagh prior to Christmas. They’ve utterly bossed issues within the province since successful their first Ulster Championship in 2004, however there was a little bit of chat across the county that they’re previous their greatest. Burns admits harnessing that kind of speak as motivation for the workforce.
“Ach, I think there were a few comments earlier in the year, throwaway comments about the girls being old. That probably didn’t go down too well with some of them. You’re going to get that and they have their own motivation. They want to win things and that’s your own motivation. You can throw in other things to get them riled up but look, getting to the final is their only motivation at the moment.”
Francie Coleman, a legendary determine by any measure, stays accountable for the membership. He’s been a part of each single certainly one of their successes during the last twenty years, however Burns does the majority of the teaching today and performed her half in all 5 of their All-Ireland successes.
While nonetheless enjoying along with her membership. she moved into their administration set-up in 2014 and was a part of the administration workforce that led them to back-to-back All-Ireland successes in 201516.
“Francie has been there from the start but I’ve been involved for over 20 years with the club between playing and a bit of coaching.”
Donaghmoyne have reached this stage by advantage of their replay victory over Bredagh. Their drawn encounter went to extra-time, and was simply their best match within the provincial area. Lessons have been realized, it’s honest to say, they usually’re back-boned by vastly skilled performers like Sharon, Cora, Fiona, Joanne and Rosemary Courtney, Cathriona McConnell, Linda Martin and a wealth of others.
Burns mentioned: “We did study lots. It was a troublesome sport in opposition to Bredagh, even the replay was robust, they saved nipping away at us regardless that we have been on high for many of it.
“We won well on the scoreboard against Carrickmore and Glenfin, even though they’re two good teams, so it is fair we learnt the most from the Bredagh games.”