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