By Damian Dolan.
London manager Tommy Donoghue is hoping the All Ireland winning exploits of Parnells Ladies can inspire the county team to similar heights in the Leinster Championship and beyond.
Donoghue guided Parnells to All Ireland Club IFC success last December, culminating in a comprehensive 15-point victory over Tipperary’s Cahir in the final at Ballymore Eustace.
Donoghue’s London panel has been ravaged by injuries – none greater than the loss of Niamh Fahey to a cruciate knee ligament injury suffered while playing for Arsenal – and London’s revolving door, but he’s confident that the Exiles can emulate that success when they open their Leinster campaign against Longford next Saturday, before travelling to Wicklow on June 29.
“I really believe we can win the Intermediate All Ireland,” said Donoghue. “That would be special; they’ve never gone further than Junior and they had an awful time after they won it the last time.
“But to win a Leinster title is the first aim. What chance does any London team have of winning a Leinster title at any level? But the opportunity is there for us and that would be history.
“We should be good enough to win that Leinster title and if we don’t we’ll find out our weaknesses for the All Ireland qualifiers.
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