Fermanagh Ladies manager Johnny Garrity says his side will regroup after Sunday’s Ulster final defeat to Antrim and he stresses that they still have a lot to play for this season with the All Ireland now just around the corner.

“There is a lot of disappointment that we didn’t quite get over the line on the day but we will regroup and we will be stronger for the experience.

“We haven’t turned into a bad team overnight, we know we didn’t perform to the levels that we had become accustomed to but at the same time it is not the end of the road this year, in fact the biggest prize is still in front of us and we can use this as a learning aid to ensure that we are stronger than ever coming into the All Ireland,lot” said Garrity.

And they will have a chance straight away to put right the wrongs of Sunday as Antrim provide the opposition in the first group game in the All Ireland Junior Championship. This will be the fifth meeting between the sides already this year with Fermanagh having won the previous three prior to Sunday.

“If you are going to play a team over and over again, sooner or later they are going to learn enough to rectify enough problems to give them the result and that’s what happened on Sunday.

“For us though we have now plenty of learning to do and they have a standard that they have to maintain and it is going to be a different game the next time. We will be setting out to improve and put a performance together and we are very much looking forward to that next game against Antrim,” he stated.

Derry are the other team in the group of three with the top two progressing to an All Ireland semi-final which is the immediate target for Garrity and his charges.

“The first goal is to make an All Ireland semi-final and our overarching aim would be to get ourselves into the final and to try and win it and we think there is no reason why we can’t aspire to that,” he explained.

He knows though that if they are to achieve that then they are going to have to be more clinical than they were on Sunday.

“There wasn’t a great deal in it in terms of the chances created but whenever they are finishing over 70 percent of their chances and we are sitting below 20 percent of ours in the second half you are going to have to dominate a match to break even and it wasn’t that kind of match. It came down to the team who were more clinical and when we look at the cold hard facts we weren’t just clinical enough on the day.”

And Garrity felt that Fermanagh had lost their way in the second half after going in five points up at the break.

“We lost our impetus and we lost our shape and in fairness a lot of credit must go to Antrim because they asked a lot of questions of it.

“We got into a good position at half time but five points isn’t insurmountable and we knew that there was alot to do still in the second half but we became a little defensive, we invited a lot of pressure and that was a long time to try and hold on,” he added.