Carrick’s women hope the only black cloud over the weekend follows their Buccaneers counterparts back to Athlone after a rescheduled semi-final showdown in Mullingar. 

The 1pm Sunday kick-off will be the third such attempt to determine a finalist to meet either Tuam or Sligo in the Connacht Womens League, the first two falling prey to player commitments and weather. 

Carrick is well-placed in this competition, and deserving of its home semi status. With league victories over Tuam, Buccaneers and UCG, they have finished in the red once this year to Sligo. Carrick has shown a flair for pointscoring posting 46 against Tuam. The other two victories wer close-fought encounters, seven points separating them from Buccaneers and UCG.

This match-up will commence at near even odds and while Carrick must take in a psychological advantage little else alludes to a possible result this side of the final whistle. It has proven as competitive a league as any and while AIT has struggled to field in its clashes, all other complements acquitted themselves well and now, several months after the mid-October opener, the top-four are barely recognisable from their opening encounters. 

On paper, Sligo wins the tale of the tape having beaten everybody (including a 36-nil win over Carrick), but fourth-placed Tuam scored 19 points against them proving they are far from impermeable. Before Carrick have any chance to upset that applecart however they must once again deal to Buccaneers – a team with no shortage of individual stars. Whomever strings together the most complete performance from one to 22 surely gives themselves the best chance of contesting for league honours. 

Carrick’s powers-that-be has implored all part and full-time supporters to turn out in numbers for this high-profile decider. Training continues Tuesday and Thursday 7.30pm start, Castlecara. 

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