Cavan working hard without the services of star players

26 March 2018; The Women’s Gaelic Players Association (WGPA) presented its 2018 third-level scholarships on Friday 2nd March at PWC headquarters in Dublin. A total of 37 scholarships have been awarded to third-level students across multiple colleges who play intercounty Camogie and Ladies Football. The scholarship scheme recognises the efforts of WGPA members in pursuing a dual career, enabling them to focus their attention on taking opportunities for ongoing personal and professional development whilst striving for excellence as athletes. Pictured is Aishling Sheridan of Cavan in attendance at PWC HQ, Spencer Dock in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

Cavan footballer Aishling Sheridan has spoken about how the Breffni County are coping without players like Aisling Doonan and Bronagh Sheridan this year.

Aishling was guest on this week’s Sportsgirls Podcast and mentioned how important both Doonan and Sheridan were to the panel: “Aisling Doonan and Bronagh (Sheridan) and all the girls that have been around for the last few years aren’t there this year. The average age of our forward line is probably 20. There is definitely a lot of work going in and just getting used to playing with each other.”

Doonan was one of the best players Cavan have produced and Sheridan spoke of her importance to the team: “Aisling Doonan was a brilliant playmaker. She knew how to pick a pass and was able to set up other players. We are trying to get used to moving the ball and setting it up the way to get other players into the game.”

Although Cavan are a young side, a lot of them played underage football together and were successful so they know what it’s like to win. Though Division 2 and Senior Footballs standard is a big step-up, Sheridan said: “The underage in Cavan has been doing unbelievable in the last few years. A lot of us have won Minors and U16s and have played together. We kind of know what it feels like to win. Division 2 or even senior, we will get the ball, you don’t have as long to think about it.”