DOIREANN O’SULLIVAN can’t wait for tomorrow’s crucial Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 clash between Mayo and Cork.
The stakes couldn’t be higher as the counties prepare to meet in a competitive fixture for the first time since the 2018 Lidl NFL semi-final, which Mayo won. They’re on six points in the table — three behind Cork, who can seal safe passage to the knockout stages with a victory at Elvery’s MacHale Park, 12pm.
O’Sullivan, a 2018 All-Ireland senior club medallist with Mourneabbey, has described this game as Cork’s “most important” of the season. The Leesiders recorded big victories over Ulster counties Monaghan and Donegal recently — and appear to be finding real rhythm at the best possible time, after losing earlier games to Galway and Tipp.
O’Sullivan says: “It took us a while to get a few things together. We are trying to develop players, and get a team and a game plan that suits us. That does take a few weeks and we have very young players as well, like the two Kielys (Daire and Eimear), Sadhbh O’Leary and Laura O’Mahony.
“They’re playing senior inter-county for the first time and it is a step up and it does take time to adjust.”
O’Sullivan, who’s teaching at Pobalscoil na Tríonóide in Youghal, has been impressed by the maturity shown by those former All-Ireland minor A winners to date.
She said: “Definitely, they have success behind them and they did win a good bit at underage. That brings its own confidence as well — they’re scared of nothing and that’s an added bonus.
“They do bring an air of freshness and in training they’re going in hard for every ball, regardless of who they’re up against.”