Clare captain Laurie Ryan is anticipating tomorrow’s opponents, Tyrone to be on a different level when the sides meet.
St Lomans GAA club in Mullingar hosts the All-Ireland Ladies Football Intermediate clash where Clare will be hoping to overcome the challenge of Ulster champions Tyrone who haven’t been in action for almost two months.
Full-back Laurie Ryan leads the Clare girls into action, she feels that Clare’s qualifier win over Limerick will be a big help to them. “There’s been long lay-offs for all teams this year and how they deal with it is going to be a big factor for them but we’re hoping that the game against Limerick will be a big boost to us after the Munster Final that was a bit of a blow but we’re hoping it will have helped us improve on things that we wanted to improve on”.
Laurie outlined what they’re expecting from Saturday’s opponents. “We’re very aware of the challenge that they’re going to bring to us, they won Ulster and just relegated from Division 1, a lot of good matches they would have got in at the start of the year, they were Senior last year so they’ll have a lot of experience from playing in all them matches and it’ll be a different level to what we’ve played against already”.
A poor second half cost Clare in the Munster Final to Tipperary, pressure came on them in the same stage against Limerick but they came back stronger. That defeat has taught the side some harsh lessons but Ryan is hopeful they will have enough drive and experience to get over the Ulster side.
“We let ourselves down in that second half of the Munster Final and we don’t want to let that happen again and we’ve been doing the work all year to make sure something like that doesn’t happen again so disappointed to lose it like that but we’re hoping that if it comes down it this weekend that we’ll have enough experience and enough drive to go on and win the match because it will be extremely close come the end”.
This year sees the Banner Ladies clubman captain her County, Laurie told The Clare Herald how she’s finding the role. “It’s a great honour and a privilege to be captain, it’s brilliant to have such a brilliant group of girls playing with us, really dedicated this year so it’s really enjoyable and I’m enjoying all the experience I’m getting from it”.