Ladies National Football League Division Four

Louth ladies manager Micheál McKeown confident of victory over Derry on Sunday

McKeown feels the recent defeat to Fermanagh was a 'blessing in disguise'

Caoimhín Reilly


Caoimhín Reilly


Louth ladies manager Micheál McKeown confident of victory over Derry on Sunday

Louth's Kate Flood. (Pic: Arthur Kinahan)

Louth ladies will go in search of their third league win of the campaign, while seeking to maintain their place at the summit of the Division Four table on Sunday. The Wee County travel to face Derry at Ballymaguigan tomorrow.

Despite losing their most recent match away to Fermanagh, Louth manager Micheál McKeown remains in a positive mood, though he has warned against complacency despite Derry having lost each of their opening three outings.

McKeown said: “We're still top even after the match last Sunday (week) which, one, I thought would be called off because the weather was deplorable and, two, because it took us three-hours to get there and then we had to get ready and warmed-up within 15-minutes of arriving.

“And when you consider we had 20-wides and missed seven close-in frees, when I analysed the video it was unbelievable. But it was a sort of blessing in disguise because we now have plenty to work on this week.

“Strangely, when you look at some of their results, Derry scored 1-7 against Fermanagh. That's a good score, it's just that they're coming up against good teams.

“Derry are no bad team, especially when you consider that they got to the All-Ireland final last year against Fermanagh,” McKeown added.

Louth will have to plan for this weekend's match without the services of Shannen McLoughlin, Éilís Hand and Fionnuala Begley through injury, though long-term absentee Rebecca Carr could return.

Having trained at DkIT in pre-season, McKeown's side have recently moved training to Darver Centre of Excellence.