Playing through the pain leads Louth ladies to victory

Following Louth’s Leinster title victory over Offaly, one of the county’s heroes, Marie O’Connell, epitomised the spirit and determination within the squad by getting out of her sick bed to play a starring role in the win.

Following Louth’s Leinster title victory over Offaly, one of the county’s heroes, Marie O’Connell, epitomised the spirit and determination within the squad by getting out of her sick bed to play a starring role in the win.

The Galway native, who is no stranger to success, spent much of Saturday in bed but showed no ill-effects in the final with another impressive display.

“I think I got a bit of food poisoning on Friday and wasn’t feeling 100 per cent. However, was determined not to miss the game and just as a precaution I travelled tot he game by car rather than going on the bus.

“Thankfully it all worked out for us in the end and we are delighted with the win. Although it took us a bit of time to settle, we eventually got on top and in the second half we played really well.

“All the girls were brilliant but I thought the likes of Vikki McGinn and Grace Lynch were exceptional as they played with great energy over the hour”, explained Marie, who believes the future is bright for this team.

The Dundalk based vet is in a good position to judge having won two All-Irelands with Galway before coming to Louth 18 months ago.

“We won the Junior All-Ireland in 2002 and the Senior in 2004 but I have to say that the Louth team train every bit as hard as Galway and there are some excellent players in this squad.

“We won’t be content to settle for Leinster as now we want to push on and have a real go at the All-Ireland. We have Antrim to come in two weeks and that is going to be difficult but hopefully we can turn in another good display”, added the Nh Fionnbarra player.