Fermanagh Ladies will go in search of a league final spot this Saturday when they take on Limerick in the Division Four semi-final in Kinnegad, Westmeath.

Johnny Garrity’s side lost their final league game last Sunday against Louth, going down 2-19 to 2-10 but the Fermanagh manager had used it as an opportunity to cast his eye over a number of his squad ahead of this weekend’s semi-final tussle.

“We had earmarked the game to continue utilising the squad. We had a few debuts and we were happy with it and had plenty of positives to take out of it,” he stated.

Fermanagh trailed 1-08 to 1-05 at half time, the goal coming from Sarah Britton while Eimear Smyth and Joanne Doonan were among the points for the Erne side.

Louth though were to pull away in the second period to seal the victory. Doonan did find the net for Fermanagh in the second half while Smyth and Britton landed points but in the end nine points divided the sides.

Fermanagh had already secured their semi-final spot prior to the Louth game with the contest just deciding which of the sides would finish top of the table and therefore who they would meet in the last four.

“We knew going into Louth that we would have a tough semi-final against either Limerick or Antrim who are both good sides. We played Limerick in the league stage and they beat us by two points in a tight game so we know it will be tough but we want to get through to the final and we will be doing everything we can to try and get a match winning performance,” he added.

Reaching the semi-finals was Fermanagh’s first big target of the campaign but ultimately they want to be playing at as high a level as possible in the league. With only one side promoted though from Division Four Fermanagh will have to go and win the league if they are to play in Division Three next season.

“I suppose promotion for us is one of our medium term aims. We want to be playing at a higher level in the league but we know that it is a dog fight with only one going up.

“We’ll just take it one game at a time though and we’ll not be looking any further ahead than this Thursday night’s training,” he said.