BY CHRIS MCNULTY
THEY’RE on a mission, this Termon team.
With the county conquered, their eyes are now on bigger things.
In the victory speech of captain Maureen O’Donnell, there was a pointer to the previous achievements of St Eunan’s, who won ten-in-a-row from 1996-2005 and also captured four Ulster titles.
When the dust settled and they had a euphoric moments to themselves in their dressing room, the thunder rose.
“Wake me up when it’s all over, when I’m wiser and I’m older.” The beats of Avicii’s latest hit lit the fuse.
Youth is on their side and they’ve the conveyor belt at the Burn Road to create a dynasty themselves.
“It’s a brilliant day out, but this is just a step on the ladder. It’s onwards and upwards now,” said the team captain Maureen O’Donnell.
“You get out what you put in, as they say. We’ve trained very hard and we deserve it.
“We have been going since February.”
This was a day when St Eunan’s asked questions, but Termon held the aces with O’Donnell one of six players to get on the scoresheet.
“We have so many players capable of scoring and it isn’t just the forwards who have been contributing.”
It’s three out of four now for Termon, whose only blemish on the recent roll of honour is 2011, when they lost to Glenfin in a semi-final.
“Our leaders stepped up to the plate when we needed them to,” said manager Trevor Alcorn.
“We were very surprised by St Eunan’s – we had never played against a team like that. They put everyone behind the ball and it really tightened it up. We had no real plan B so it’s a good learning curve in that we’ll have to devise something.
“We played well through most of the game.”
This is a team littered with big names and game changers.
Key yesterday were Roisin Friel and Geraldine McLaughlin, who hit a combined 4-4.
Alcorn said: “Roisin is so hard to stop and she could do that all day. If we could get that out of her every time she plans she could really torment teams.
“Geraldine is a threat anytime she gets her hands on the ball and it’s always goals that are on her mind.”
Now, they’re older and they’re wiser.
Onwards they roll – and they’re awake to the challenges that await.
Their manager said: “Anything than an Ulster title would be a let down – that’s what we’re aiming towards.”
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