Speaking ahead of their second round tie against Clare on Saturday, Finn acknowledged that last year’s defeat to Wexford in the All Ireland Final and more recently their defeat in the Division One League Final, again to Wexford, made a huge impact.
“”Definitely the only thing in the minds of each player is making it back to
Finn made substantial changes to the side, moving veteran forward Therese Maher from centre forward to centre back while star forward Veronica Curtin had to make do with a place on the bench along with All Star corner back Regina Glynn.
There were four championship newcomers with Eimear Haverty, Heather Cooney, Lorraine Ryan and Therese Manton making their full senior championship debuts.
“”There is competition for places, and we need that in order to drive on. We need to have more options all over the pitch and no player is assured of their spot,”” said Finn.
Meanwhile, Wexford manager JJ Doyle is anxious that his side return to winning ways when they face a resurgent
The low scoring rate of his side in last week’s tie, registering 0-9, with only one score from play, is also a source of worry to Doyle.
“”Certainly the scoreline and only one point from play is an issue, but we have Saturday’s match to try and get things right and to recover from last week’s defeat as a team and that is what we intend to do.””