It has been a good season for Eimear Smyth so far, both personally and as part of a Fermanagh ladies team which has dominated the Ladies Junior football this season.

A Division Four National League medal, Croke Park/LGFA Player of the Month award for April and UGAAWA Quinn Building Products Merit Award for April, have all been collected so far this season and the Derrygonnelly Harps forwards is hoping to add an Ulster Championship medal to the collection.

Eimear and her teammates take on Antrim in the Ladies Ulster Junior Championship on Sunday and there is no place she would rather be.

“It’s a great opportunity. Ulster Final in Clones, who doesn’t want to be playing.

“We know we have put in the hard work, put in the miles pre-season up in Lissan and this is why you play football, to play on Ulster final day and everyone is just looking forward to it.”

The full forward has been a massive part of her side’s march to the final and indeed the over all success of Fermanagh Ladies this year.

1-12, 1-06, 2-09 are just some of the scores she has racked up in games this year.

But rather than look at the individual side of the game, Eimear stresses that without the players around her doing their job, she wouldn’t be able to do hers.

“My game is very dependent on everybody else. Without the good balls being kicked in to the forward line I wouldn’t be getting the scores and if the backs weren’t keeping the goals out we wouldn’t be getting the results.

“It’s really down to everybody else’s work as well.

“I would be nowhere without the team. At the end of the day football is a team sport and the girls are absolutely brilliant, there is such a great togetherness.”

As well as the team, Eimear has praise for the management team and what they have brought to the squad this year as well as to her own game.

“They’re very professional. They have brought it to a different level and there is a real togetherness within the squad and they have really ingrained that from the start of the year.

“Everyone is the same level, everybody is equal and we all have a part to play from one to 30 and I think that is so important because there is a belief that we can go on and win games and go on and win competitions.

“Jonny has probably brought a different level to my game. The runs to make, I suppose tackling as well. He has really put a real emphasis on working hard and your first line of defence is your forward line.”

Eimear can expect to be targeted on Sunday by an Antrim side who will be hoping to put an end to the run of defeats they have suffered at the hands of this Fermanagh side.

But it doesn’t worry Eimear too much as she has confidence in all those around her.

“I suppose that’s always expected if you play well they are always going to look to target you but all the other girls will be stepping up as well the likes of Joanne (Doonan) Aisling O’Brien and Danielle Maguire. They are all brilliant players so if the likes of myself has an off day they are all stepping up so I wouldn’t be too worried.”

She knows it will be another tough assignment on Sunday but if Fermanagh do what they have been doing the whole year they will be well on the way to winning an Ulster Championship.

“On the day it will be probably come down to hard work and who wants it more so that will probably be the deciding factor but we’ll all go out and give it a go and step it up a different level.

“They’ll be coming for us and we know that we will have to lift it to another level to get across the line on Sunday.”

No matter what, you can be guaranteed the Fermanagh full forward will have a big say on how things go.