Donegal travel to TEG Cusack Park Mullingar this Saturday to take on Tyrone in their opening group game of the TG4 Ladies All-Ireland Senior Football Championship series. (Throw-in is 1.45 pm).

Last weekend, Tyrone were beaten by Mayo and so simply have to win this encounter to keep their prospects of qualifying alive.

Curran was at the game, and knows that Tyrone put it up to Mayo.

“Tyrone are going to be a serious team in a couple of years,” he said.

The young side is full of energy and on an upward curve having won the intermediate championship last year.

“They have a very high level of mobility,” Curran said.

He knows that expectations are high in Donegal, partly because they retained their Division One status in impressive fashion and also collected a third provincial title in a row.

Preparations have gone well, but his team now face two games in the space of eight days, with Mayo the following weekend in this three team group.

With Cavan the prize for topping the group, Curran will be determined that his side collect the points against Tyrone. If they finish second in the group, they will meet Cork, and if they finish bottom they will go into a relegation play-off.

“To top the group is the only place we want to be. Games are coming thick and fast and we will have two games in eight days and that is going to be tough physically and mentally.”

Fortunately, Curran has a strong panel in an era when the players coming off the bench can have a key role.

“We will have options available (on the bench) and you need them. The weather can be warm, and the ladies game has got quite tactical and you need to counteract the opposition of something is not going to plan. You are also going to get players picking up injuries so you need to be able to call on others.”

“People will look at us as Ulster champions and we have beaten Tyrone and Armagh, but if you are not on it on the day you will be in serious bother. We know what we need to do.

“For Tyrone it is do or die for them. If they do not win this week they will he heading for a relegation play-off.”

“Playing in Mullingar is a negative in that we will not have as much support, but ladies football is on the rise and it is great to have a double header live on TV.”

But Donegal head to Mullingar in a confident mood and should prevail.

Saturday, July 20th (Live on TG4), at TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar

Donegal v. Tyrone, 1.45 pm

Cork v. Cavan, 3.30 pm

Photo: Donegal's Geraldine McLaughlin.


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