LOCAL bragging rights are up for grabs, as well as the Ladies Senior Football Championship title, are on the like when Leixlip meet Confey in in Kilcullen on Saturday at 5pm.
It’s a huge local derby clash as both look to reclaim their crown as Queens of Kildare Football.
Confey are chasing their second title in three years and a first since 2017 and they seem to be in great form after they comfortably made up for defeat in last year’s final to Eadestown in last week’s semi-final.
Team captain Aishling Jennings was the star of the show as she finished with 1-5 and the corner forward is eagerly looking forward to the weekend.
“Last year was tough and we were well beaten and its difficult when you don’t come home with a cup but we are really looking forward to Saturday. We have good momentum after the last few games.
“With any semi-final when it comes to the Championship you treat them all the same and give it as much as of a go as you can and obviously last year was tough to lose in the final but we are delighted to be back. We’ve just been doing the same stuff we have all year in working hard as its our big ethos and the football follows suit then”.
The teams know all about each other and Confey know exactly what’s coming their way and the threat that their neighbours possess in their ranks.
“We know each other quite well from playing each other over the years even from Under 14’s Under 16’s and all the way up along. They are a very good side and they have a good balance between youth and experience which we will have to be mindful of as well and we had some close encounters with them this year and we know its going to be a tight game.
“It doesn’t really matter that it’s a local derby, it’s a Championship Final and we treat them all the same. We just really want to come out on top. We are in really good shape,” Jennings said.
On the other hand Leixlip are back in their first final since 2015 and they are aiming to take home the silverware for the first time in five years.
Aileen Quinn is the leader of the side and she can see the excitement in the group, as well as the huge hunger to finally get over the line.
“We are absolutely delighted to be back here as last year we didn’t make it past the semi-finals. Eadestown beat us by a point and went on to win it so we are pleased to go one step forward and hoping to go the full whack now. The hunger is there and has been there for the last number of years.
“I don’t know whether its been bad luck or on the day it just hasn’t worked out for us and we have had games like that. In 2014 we did the League and Championship double and since then we’ve been working hard so it’s great to be back and hopefully we can go the full way on Saturday.
Leixlip got to the final by defeating Sarsfields and they were pleased with how they performed.
“In one sense it was about just getting over the line. Sarsfields are a brilliant team and they put it up to us so it was great to get a real challenge and I know it was hard on them only losing by a couple of points but we were really happy and from that performance we know there is a lot more in us and its great to be there,” said Quinn.
2008 was the last time Confey and Leixlip met in a final and although there are great friendships on both sides they will be parked for 60 minutes as both go in search for Championship glory and Quinn is confident it will be a good contest.
“We have friends on each other’s teams and we all know each other but on the pitch we know its a different story in that they are going to challenge us and we are going to challenge them. It will be a good physical game judging by the last few meetings and that is what you want in a final as you want to earn it,” said Quinn.
Senior Ladies Football Championship Final- Confey v Leixlip – Saturday 31 August in Kilcullen at 5pm.
Preview by Robert Cribbin.