Fermanagh manager happy to change honeymoon plans for All-Ireland final replay with Antrim 1 week ago

Fermanagh manager happy to change honeymoon plans for All-Ireland final replay with Antrim

“I’ll be back off the honeymoon."

Fermanagh ladies manager James Daly has had to change plans for his own honeymoon, but he couldn't be happier to do so.

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With just ten minutes on the clock in the Junior All-Ireland final, Antrim were winning 1-12 to 0-11, before Eimear Smyth scored a penalty that put the whole game on its head.

Antrim’s Orlaith Prenter scored in the final minute to secure the draw, and now the replay will be played in two weeks time.

“I’m getting married on Friday,” Daly told Jerome Quinn on the Croke Park pitch shortly after the final whistle.

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“There’s other people that can step into the breach here. It’s just keeping the girls sharp, keeping the girls going.

“I’ll be back off the honeymoon, we’ll be ready for training.”

Although it came late, Prenter’s equaliser left time for either side to work one final chance.

“Whenever they scored the point, looked at the clock and saw there was 30 seconds left,” said Daly.

“Some people were panicking to get the ball up the field. My first thought was, don’t lose the kick-out. Our thought was make sure the kick-out is safe.

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“I saw that happen to Fermanagh about ten years ago. Rushed the kick-out, the ball was over the bar and they were put out.

“Didn’t want that to happen but we’re delighted.”

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A disappointed Antrim boss Emma Kelly said afterwards that her side “threw it away”.

“It was a game there that we should have had for the taking. First half, I think it was 20 shots and we only converted eight. We should have been well out of sight.

“The girls can do nothing but blame themselves but we live to fight another day. We’ll go back to the drawing board.

“It could have been doors shut, only we got that free at the end. Again, two weeks to go. You shouldn’t have to lift anyone for an All-Ireland final.

“It doesn’t matter what way it ends, you’re still here and you’re raring to go.”

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