LISNASKEA ladies may have had a few cloudy heads on Monday morning, having laid claim to the Ulster Intermediate title the previous day, but they thought they were heading for a headache of a whole different variety when they thought they had to travel to London this weekend.
The confusion arose when they checked the Ulster Council website to see who their All-Ireland semi-final opponents would be this weekend, to find that Parnells of London apparently had home advantage.
A few hours of panic later, and the matter was resolved, with a typo on the website at fault for the confusion. Relief all round, as ‘Skea will now instead line out at their home patch on Saturday afternoon as they play host to the British champions.
The new Ulster title winners had enough departures already to worry about ahead of their All-Ireland campaign, with the trio of Sammy Little, Dervla Murphy and Louise Curran having flown off to Sydney on Monday leaving the management team with plenty to ponder ahead of the game.
Parnells qualified for the last four thanks to a convincing 3-13 to 1-10 victory over last year’s All-Ireland Junior winners Caltra. The London outfit by their own admission may not be the fittest in the world, but they boast huge experience. Five of their side are more than 30 years old, one is over 40 and the youngest player on the side is 21. However, as Caltra found to their cost, Parnells are a seasoned outfit, very tactically astute who cannot be written off.
Having picked up their sixth Ulster Senior title, Donaghmoyne will this weekend get their bid for another All-Ireland crown underway when they welcome old adversaries Carnacon of Mayo to the Monaghan venue.
Cora Staunton’s side were of course the opposition when Donaghmoyne won their last All-Ireland title, and having lost out in an All-Ireland semi-final to the Connacht champions, Donaghmoyne are keen to exact revenge.
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