O’Donnell follows in father’s footsteps as Termon get new season off to winning start


Maureen O’Donnell has follower in her father’s footsteps by taking on the role of Termon senior ladies team manager.

By James Trearty

O’Donnell’s team got off to a winning start at the weekend with a 4-13 to 1-3 win over Realt Rua, the Bundoran-Aodh Ruadh amalgamation.

O’Donnell’s father, James C O’Donnell, previously managed the Termon ladies – and now ‘Mo’ is calling the shots.

An All-Ireland winner with Termon in 2014, O’Donnell will hope to keep the Burn Road side challenging for honours.

Maureen O'Donnell

The future seems bright as, lining out without her Donegal panelists, she saw her team record a 19-point win.

Termon got off to a perfect start with an Eileen Trearty point, but Maura Flora Scott leveled.

Petra McCafferty chipped in with a neat point, but Termon needed some stout defending by Sarah Kho, Meabh McDaid and Hannah McSharry to keep their visitors at bay.

O’Donnell moved McCafferty to midfield to stem the flow and the home side took command.

Points by Maria Carr and McCafferty pointed before the hosts were denied a goal after the move of the match.

Eimear Alcorn collected the ball well in her own half and made ground towards Murray’s Sheds. She off-loaded to Hollie McDaid, who found Orla Blades. Blades’ effort was turned over by Natasha Gormley.

McCafferty, Carr, Shannon McLaughlin and Blades put Termon 0-9 to 0-1 ahead at the break.

Termon’s first goal arrived when Hollie McDaid charged down a clearance by Gormley and the ball landed in the net.

A second three-pointer arrrived via Sharon McLaughlin and although Sarah Patton goaled for Realt Rua, McDaid, Laura Gallagher and Mya Alcorn completed the scoring for Termon.

 Termon: Grace Trearty, Sarah Kho, Meabh McDaid, Hannagh McSharry, Ronagh Giles, Olive McCafferty, Shannon McLaughlin, Sharon McLaughlin, Eimer Alcorn, Elenor Trearty, Petra McCafferty, Orla Blades, Maria Carr, Hollie McDaid, Mya Alcorn, Shauna Kelly, Sarah Trearty, Kellyleigh Carr, Laura Gallagher, Andrea Murray

Realt Rua: Natasha Gormley, Lorna Matthews, Dearbhla O’Moore, Bronagh Kelly, Hannah Doherty, Shelly Loughlin, Rhona McEniff, Sarah Patton, Megan McGee, Mary Flora-Scott, Brianna Maher, Anna Rafferty, Roisin McGloin, Danika Doherty, Cait Gillispie, Maura Travers, Aimee McCafferty, Niamh Toolin, Jodie McCafferty, Shauna Dolan, Amanda Mahon, Cliodha Kelly.



Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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