Louth want to put a wee smile on Micheal’s face


WHETHER or not he can send a bit of di­vine in­spi­ra­tion their way on Sun­day af­ter­noon re­mains to be seen, but Sinead Woods says former man­ager Micheal McKe­own won’t be far from the play­ers thoughts as they take on Lim­er­ick in the TG4 All-Ire­land JFC fi­nal at Croke Park.

‘This was his goal from the start of the year,’ she re­veals. ‘We heard he had Septem­ber 16th in his di­ary as All-Ire­land fi­nal day and he wrote be­side it ‘Please God!’ We got that far any­way and now we just have to fin­ish it off.’

It’s some­what fit­ting that the man Micheal re­cruited to train the team on the oc­ca­sional Fri­day night is now in charge of the team and Sinead (right) feels that con­ti­nu­ity has been in­stru­men­tal on the road to Cro­ker.

‘Dar­ren was in the camp be­fore Micheal passed away so it was great to have some­one to take it on and fit in. He was a good friend of Micheal’s and ev­ery­one re­spected him from day one, and he still has that re­spect.

‘He’s a bril­liant coach and he has ev­ery con­fi­dence in us and it’s just up to us now to step up and do what he asks of us on the day.’

Sinead is among a long list of play­ers in the Louth camp that don’t have All-Ire­land fi­nal or Croke Park ex­pe­ri­ence, but she in­sists ev­ery­one is en­joy­ing the build-up.

‘It’s very ex­cit­ing and there’s a great buzz at train­ing. There’s a still a big push for places, we don’t know who’ll be in the start­ing XV with girls com­ing back from in­jury.

‘There’s a few that haven’t played in Croke Park be­fore so we’re ex­cited about that and it will be nerve-rack­ing, but we’ll hope­fully put that to one side and get the job done. It’s quite a young team and hope­fully we can

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