’Abbey eye an elu­sive se­nior ti­tle

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - LEINSTER CLUB SFC FINAL - Foxrock Mourne­abbey BY DE­CLAN ROONEY

MOURNE­ABBEY may have reached their fourth All-ire­land Ladies Se­nior Club Foot­ball Fi­nal in the last five years but ac­cord­ing to Eimear Meaney, they have yet to show their full tal­ents on the big stage.

Rightly re­garded as one of the coun­try’s top club teams, it is per­haps a blot on their record to have five Cork ti­tles, five Mun­ster wins and no All-ire­land glory, but against Foxrock­cab­in­teely this evening (5.15pm) at Par­nell Park, the Cork girls are de­ter­mined to amend that statis­tic.

Af­ter an ex­tra-time win over to­day’s op­po­nents in last sea­son’s semi-fi­nal, Mourne­abbey mis­fired badly in the fi­nal against Car­na­con.

Meaney, a 2018 TG4

All Star nom­i­nee, says they are de­ter­mined to at least play to their po­ten­tial to­day.

“Ob­vi­ously you don’t for­get how dis­ap­point­ing those fi­nals were but, to be hon­est, some of them are a bit of a blur. The matches passed us by,” says 21-year-old Meaney, who will wear the No. 2 shirt.

“In ev­ery fi­nal and semi-fi­nal we lost we def­i­nitely had the abil­ity to win those games and that’s some­thing that is very hard to ac­cept.

“If we go out and per­form to the best of our abil­ity on Satur­day then we can only hold our hands up and con­grat­u­late them.

“Whereas if you go out and don’t per­form to the best of your abil­ity you’re kick­ing your­self for the next 12 months un­til you get back there.

“If a habit re­peats it­self it’s very dif­fi­cult. You can’t pin it down to any spe­cific mo­ment in any match, there’s too much hap­pen­ing.

“All I can say is I don’t think we ev­ery per­formed to our best in any fi­nal yet and that’s what we’re hop­ing for.”

DE­TER­MINED Eimear Meaney of Mourne­abbey

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