OLD Leighlin are on the road on Saturday when they travel to Dunshaughlin for a meeting with Royal Gaels of Dunshaughlin in the semi-final of the Leinster intermediate championship, throw in at 2pm. The Royal champions put up 2-19 in their county final victory over Dee Rangers while they hit 5-14 on Navan Mahony’s in an earlier round. Their most recent game in Leinster saw them beat Geraldine’s of Louth by 3-9 to 0-9.
Old Leighlin star forward, Rachel Sawyer, is not looking too closely at the opposition preferring to concentrate on her own sides recent performances and their own capabilities.
Old Leighlin beat Shanahoe of Laois by 4-11 to 0-5 last time out but Sawyer says this was not as easy as some people may have thought.
“We had to work for it too. We got no score easily but then we should have got more scores too. It was a tough game and we will have to recover from it during the week,” she said.
As a student in Maynooth the Carlow player would have also played with some of the players she will be lining out against on Saturday. There is always a little bit of extra cut among players who play with each other in college when they come up against each other in another competition.
“We are really looking forward to it. We are gaining confidence with every game. We feel now that it will take a good team to beat us if we perform on the day,” says Sawyer who confirmed they are not carrying any injury worries into their preparation.
Only a limited number of spectators will be allowed entry on the day but the game will shown live on the Dunshaughlin & Royal Gaels Facebook page.
By Kieran Murphy