by Sean Moriarty
London Ladies boss Tom O’Donoghue is confident his side can progress in to the next round of the All Ireland Intermediate Football Championship despite the unavailability of three key players.
He is also promising several changes to the squad as The Exiles face Sligo in Blanchardstown, Dublin, on Saturday in a back-door game against the defeated Connacht champions.
Although Sinead O’Mahony and Niamh Fahey did not line out for London when they lost to Offaly in the Leinster semi-final last month O’Donoghe it was hopeful they would be available for their second game.
Former Dublin inter-county player, O’Mahony has been ruled out as she had pre-booked a trip to Thailand last November. Fahey is an action with the Arsenal Ladies on Sunday against Notts County.
Meanwhile former Cork inter-county player Bronagh O’Driscoll is still carrying a knee injury from a club game a few weeks ago.
“There will be a lot of changes. We are looking at a new centre back. We really should have won against Offaly, kicking 17 wides is not good enough. Mary King is back in goals and we will change the midfield set up too,” said O’Donoghue.
This year marks the first year since 2011 that Sligo have reached this stage of the competition without being Connacht Champions.
Throw in for Saturday’s game is 2pm at the St Peregrines Club’s pitch in the north-side of the Irish capital.