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DONEGAL U16 GIRLS PREVIEW : MCCOLE RELISHING CHALLENGE OF DOWN IN ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgDonegal U16 girls manager Terry McCole says he and his squad are relishing the challenge of Down at Red Hughs Killygordon on Sunday.McCole leads his side into championship battle on Sunday for their first match in a group which also includes Tyrone, Antrim and current Ulster kingpins Cavan.Preparations have been far from ideal for McCole and his backroom team. Adverse weather over the last number of months have led to a number of training postponements and it has been difficult to arrange challenge matches.McCole was also a late appointment into the position, but he’s content with the squad he has assembled and believes his squad have the ability to compete and do well in the Ulster Championship.McCole’s squad trained collectively for the last time last night at the Finn Valley Centre.However, they will meet again on Friday at the LYIT campus for a team meeting to go over some tactics and to see how some of his squad who are struggling with injuries are feeling. McCole told Donegal Daily, “It’s been hectic since I got the job in January, it would’ve been great if we were at it a few months earlier but it wasn’t to be.“We held trials and we had 134 girls attend which was a remarkable turn-out.“The quality was high and it was difficult to narrow down our panel but we’re very happy with the squad we have.“Weather has caused havoc with our schedule, we’ve had matches called off and it’s been very difficult to try and get pitches at this time of the year.“Ideally we’d have liked to have got more challenge games under our belt, but that hasn’t happened, but the squad have trained hard and are looking forward to Sunday.” McCole has praised the dedication and commitment of his squad over the last number of months and hopes they get the rewards their efforts deserve.“The girls are absolutely first-class to work with, they’re tuned into everything we say and take everything on-board.“They’ve trained really hard over the last number of months and like us are just looking forward to the match against Down on Sunday.“Playing before the Donegal Senior Ladies match adds to the occasion for them and hopefully we’ll see many of this squad progress to Senior football in the coming years.” McCole says the state of ladies football is in a very healthy state and has praised the efforts of volunteers at grassroots level all across the county.“Termon, Glenfinn and Milford have been traditionally strong and still are, but teams in the southern part of the county are starting to catch-up and are putting in massive efforts with ladies sides at all levels.“Four Masters had a great run in Ulster last year and my own club Ardara are progressing well at several different age groups.“In the Rosses Donal Sharkey has done brilliant work with Naomh Muire and they’re producing some quality players.“Hopefully we get a good crowd on Sunday and everybody gets out and supports both sides.”McCole also praised the dedication of his backroom team who have worked tirelessly along with him since January.“Declan Walsh has been my right-hand man and takes the majority of the coaching, he’s been fantastic and is a great person to have involved.“Larry Griffin, Yvonne Harvey and Michelle Bennett have also contributed hugely to the project and we’re looking forward to the challenge the group presents.“We have three home games which is a huge advantage for us and we’re away to Antrim.“Hopefully we get off to a good start against Down, but we’re under no illusions as to how difficult the task will be, but we’re ready for it and looking forward to Sunday.”Throw-in is at 1pm, followed by the Donegal Senior Ladies v Meath at 2.45pm.DONEGAL U16 GIRLS PREVIEW : MCCOLE RELISHING CHALLENGE OF DOWN IN ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: March 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:championshipdonegalDownGAAGirlsLFGATerry McColeU16Ulsterlast_img read more