Louth captain Niamh Rice and her Wexford contemporary at the recent Leinster MFC 'C' final launch. (Pic: Leinster LGFA)
Louth U16s and minors go in search of a rare double success this weekend as they both face into Leinster ‘C’ finals.
Chris Doyle’s U18 team are aiming to replicate their provincial shield success of two years ago when they take on Wexford on Saturday in Clane at 2pm.
And, on the back of a great, extra-time win over Wicklow in the semi-final, they will enter the affair as favourites, with captain and senior star Niamh Rice expected to assume a leading role in attack.
"We have worked very hard to get this far and hopefully it will go our way on Saturday," the Cooley Kickhams star has said ahead of the game.
"We are up against a very good side in Wexford, they have been playing in a higher grade than us, but we will give it our all and hopefully we will get the result we want."
The Reds also managed to prevail against Kilkenny earlier in the competition, with defeat to Carlow proving to be a hiccup as they battled their way through to the provincial decider.
Doyle has said: "Wexford will start as favourites, but, going on previous meetings between these two counties, I’d expect it to be another very close encounter."
Geraldines’ Sarah Morgan has been a strong performer at centre-forward this year, while Lee Lawlor and Kodie McEneaney, of Clan na Gael and St. Bride’s respectively, are formidable attacking players.