Buncrana Ladies manager Lawrence Hegarty believes the squad lining out in Sunday's intermediate county final is one of the strongest there's ever been.

The Scarvey girls will be going all out to defeat Glenties and get their hands on the coveted trophy - and Hegarty is convinced their time has finally come.

Since starting up six years ago, Buncrana have embarked on an impressive journey that has seen them capture both the Junior A and B titles in just a few short years.

But the intermediate title has proved elusive. In 2016, they saw the trophy slip from their hands in the dying seconds of the final against neighbours Carn when Niamh McDaid's dramatic late free sealed victory for the Foden girls.

Further heartache was to come when they went out at the semi-final stage against eventual winners St Naul's last year.

But the dedicated bunch licked their wounds, regrouped and have come out all guns blazing this season. Impressive victories over Four Masters, Carn and St Eunan's have led them into their fifth final in six years, and Hegarty says the conditions for success on Sunday are ideal.

He told the Inish Times: "The Carn defeat in 2016 was a real blow, and then last year we really let ourselves down against St Naul's. The work rate just wasn't the same, and in fairness we had a number of girls out - Noreen (Doherty) was having a baby and Kirsty (Downey) was just back from having hers.

"This is the first time in a couple of years that we have everybody available - and Caroline Gallagher flew in from America this week so she could play, so that's a big boost too.

"I think the most crucial thing about the squad we have this year is that from one to 25 we are stronger than we've ever been.

"Whereas before we might have relied too heavily on one or two stand-out players, I have no fears now when I look round and see what's available to me on the bench.

"If someone gets injured, the player who comes in will be just as good, and that is what you need if you want to win a county final."

Standing in the way of success are Naomh Conaill. The two sides have history, with Buncrana having beaten them in the Junior A final after the Glenties girls missed a penalty in the dying minutes that would have won them the game.

They will have a point to prove on Sunday, and Hegarty knows his players will need to play to their full potential if the trophy is to wing its way back to the Scarvey come the final whistle.

"This year Glenties beat us twice in the league," he said, "so we know what we're up against. They are a good side, well-drilled and comfortable on the ball.

"They have excellent forwards, and of course Aoife McDonnell (Donegal Ladies star) is going to be a real handful.

"But I have total belief that the players we have are more than capable of winning this match. We're really starting to build momentum now, and the semi-final against St Eunan's last Sunday was a good test for us. They really came at us, but we responded every time and our work rate was excellent.

"Now we just need to produce one more big performance and the title is ours. We've been working towards this for the last two years and I will be a very happy man indeed if we can go out there and get ourselves over the line."

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