McConville looking forward to Donegal test

Lauren McConville is looking forward to taking on Donegal this weekend as Armagh aim to wrestle back their provincial crown.

It’s the fourth year in a row that the two sides lock horns in the Ulster final. Donegal are the reigning champions having denied Armagh’s bid for four in a row last season.

But the Orchard County are favourites to regain their title having recently captured the Division One league.

Lauren McConville, the Player of the Month for April, says here side can’t wait to get going on Sunday, “It’s been a bit of a wait from the league final to now,” said the Crossmaglen dual player.

Long wait

“Usually, we’d be playing in a semi-final prior to this. We’re just straight into the Ulster final so we’ve had plenty of time to prepare.

“We’ve been working really hard, we’re very familiar with Donegal. We know what their style of play is, every game we’ve had has been a close one over the last few years.

“We’re expecting nothing different. The training’s been going well, we’ve had Blaithin (Mackin) back at training as well in recent weeks.

“That’s definitely added to the squad too and we feel like we’re well prepared and we’re really looking forward to it.”

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Reflecting on last year’s defeat to Donegal, McConville admits that the Tir Chonaill ladies were the better team on the day. “I have to give credit to Donegal,” added McConville.

“Last year they got it right and they got the better of us. They were the better team on the day. Again, we have learnings to take from that.

“Hopefully we won’t be as naive this year. I still expect it to be a defensive game again, it’ll be tough going and I do think it’ll go right to the end. But hopefully we’ll be able to get over the line this year.”