Buncrana Ladies captain Deirdre Grant believes the fierce desire to capture the intermediate crown will drive the squad to success on Sunday. The Inishowen side take on Glenties in the county final at O'Donnell Park (throw-in 5.30pm).

With the bitter disappointment of losing out to Carn in the 2016 intermediate final still fresh in their minds, 'Dede' says they are determined not to let another chance pass them by.

She told the Inish Times: "Losing to Carn hurt a lot because we were playing so well together as a team, and in the end it came down to one kick in the game.

"We had come from success the year before by beating Glenties in the Junior A final, and that was a bitter pill to swallow because we felt we had the momentum.

"Last year against St Naul's we didn't play to anywhere near our capacity, and I think a lot of that was a bit of a hangover from the Carn defeat.

"But if anything, it has made us come back stronger than ever this year. The sense of teamwork this year is unreal. Everyone is pulling together and the subs bench is key to us - they are as good as any of the players that start."

Having been defeated by Glenties twice in the league this season, Grant is well aware the Scarvey girls go into Sunday's final as the slight underdogs.

Their county star Aoife McDonald is going to be a massive threat (though perhaps her exertions in this Saturday's All-Ireland semi-final against Cork will zap her of some energy), but the Buncrana captain has every faith her squad can overcome absolutely anything that's thrown at them.

"We know we are going in on the back foot somewhat," she said, "but since those two league defeats we have improved massively and I think in the semi-final against St Eunan's we produced our best performance of the season.

"We are peaking at the right time, but more importantly we know the hurt of not getting where we want to be and the hunger to win this title is fierce."

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