Ulster Senior Women's Cup Final

Greencastle v Illies Celtic, Saturday, Maginn Park, 3pm

The two giants of Inishowen women's soccer will face off at Maginn Park this Saturday in the battle for the Ulster crown.

Reigning North West Super League champions Illies will secure the treble for the second year in a row if successful, but fierce rivals Greencastle will be determined to spoil the party.

Paddy Keyes' Greencastle, for many years the dominant force in the peninsula, have recently bounced back to their best following a spell in the doldrums, and they will be keen to banish the humilation of their 9-0 hammering in the Foyle Cup final, inflicted by Sion Swifts, by taking the Ulster trophy back to Chapel Lane.

Though Illies retained their league title earlier this season, they were beaten by Greencastle in the final game of the season - and the Greek girls also got the better of them in the Foyle Cup group stages.

In Ireland international Kerry Brown they have a top class striker, while Megan Havelin and Niamh McDonald would be a menace to even the most robust defence.

But Illies player and coach Noreen Doherty believes the fierce desire to capture the treble for the second year in a row will drive the squad, managed by her dad John, over the line on Saturday.

She told the Inish Times: "There is no denying Greencastle are a great squad with outstanding young players, and it will be a challenge.

"We have a few old heads that drive the team forward but the young players we have breaking through the last few years have been invaluable and I believe they will step up for this final.

"We had a very tight training schedule for pre-season and I feel that has stood to us in past games.

"With some of our players not available throughout the season because of work commitments and all the rest, this year has been really challenging for us.

"The girls have worked so hard, and that would make winning the treble all the more satisfying."

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