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‘We are under no illusions,’ Sarsfields manager O’Flaherty on their Leinster semi-final competition

As the juggernauts of Laois Ladies club football prepare for their Leinster semi-final, Sarsfields manager Gerry O’Flaherty is under no false belief of how powerful their opponents will be.

Miltown of Westmeath defeated Garrycastle to take the title of Westmeath senior county champions two weeks ago.

The Westmeath champions had an extremely successful 2015 season where they completed three county championships titles in a row and followed that up by winning Leinster and All-Ireland titles.

“We are under no illusions, Westmeath play in the senior championship, whereas Laois play in the intermediate championship – so they are bound to have very tough teams,” said O’Flaherty.

However he does not underestimate the skill and workrate of his own team, noting their application to going out and playing their own brand of football.

“The team is very good to go out and play their own way and of course we are looking for the result,” he added.

Serious commitment

Twelve members of the Sarsfields panel also line out for O’Moores, who are also in a Leinster semi-final next weekend, Sunday 27.

When asked how the girls involved manage both codes, Gerry says it can be ‘very difficult’ but that himself and O’Moores manager Dermot McGill work the training and match schedule out to the best of their ability.

“The girls do very well to manage both and we wish O’Moores the best of luck,” said Gerry.

Speaking on the previous matches, the Sarsfields manager says that he is pleased with the level of competitive matches that they’ve played in.

“We’ve had plenty of competitive matches, like there was very little between us in semi-final against Timahoe. Matches like that are better in the long run,” said Gerry.

Sarsfields are out against Miltown of Westmeath in the Leinster semi-final in Acragar, Mountmellick, at 2.30pm.

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