DONEGAL MANAGER Michael Naughton is remaining coy on the possibility of the McLaughlin sisters, Geraldine and Nicole, returning to his panel for Saturday’s All-Ireland quarter-final against Dublin in Longford (5pm).
The McLaughlins were in New York for much of the summer, but returned home late last week in the wake of Donegal’s qualifier win over Galway.
The Termon duo played for the Kerry Donegal Ladies in their New York Championship final win over Cavan last month. Geraldine scored 1-6 in a 4-10 to 0-13 win.
The Donegal ladies lost grip on their Ulster title when they were beaten by Cavan, but Naughton’s side – despite several of his main protagonists departing to the States – regrouped for last Monday’s qualifier.
A late, late free by Yvonne McMonagle secured a 3-15 to 4-11 win in Longford, with McMonagle scoring 1-8 and Amber Barrett ending with 2-3.
Naughton was not keen to discuss any possible additions to his panel ahead of the Dublin game, however.
“We’re relishing this game and we’re looking forward to it,” Naughton told Donegal Sport Hub.[adrotate group=”46″]
“We know that we didn’t perform the best we can against Galway. We should have been in the Ulster final, but we put that one behind us.
“Against Galway, we could have been better, but no-one gave us a chance going into that game. We knew what we were capable of ourselves.
“We know we have things to improve on against Dublin. It’s a bigger challenge, but the prize is bigger – we’re an hour away from an All-Ireland semi-final.[adrotate group=”38″]
“The girls have taken huge belief from the Galway game.”
Donegal are reporting no injuries from last week’s win.