The Fermanagh and Antrim Ladies teams are well acquainted with each other and that the familiarity will be extended when they face off in the Ulster Junior Championship Final on Sunday.

Having played each other twice already this year, it is one win each, however, Antrim’s victory was more recent in the semi-final of Ulster.

There is never much between the sides when they do meet, and Fermanagh full back, Molly McGloin, is not expecting it to be any different in Healy Park, Omagh.

“We’ve met Antrim so many times and it is always win one, lose one, going back and forth it has always been tight and always a constant battle,” said the student teacher, who has just finished up her final year at St. Mary’s College, Belfast.

“We played them in the league and we beat them and they beat us in the first round of the championship so it will be a good battle. There is no point saying it’s going to be easy.”

With little between the sides on any given day, whatever advantage can be taken will be, and McGloin feels the extra game Fermanagh have under their belt will stand them in good stead.

Fermanagh hammered Derry in the semi-final to book their place in the decider.

Fermanagh manager James Daly said nerves played a part in the semi-final defeat but McGloin feels there will be more confidence in the team this time round.

“I suppose championship nerves are a thing so maybe we were a bit nervous but we have the advantage of playing another game over Antrim.

“We’ve the advantage of playing in Healy Park as well so that will stand to us.

“We will be going into this game a lot more confident than the first game we played against Antrim.”

In 2019, Fermanagh beat Antrim in the Ulster semi-final, before the Saffrons reversed the result in the final and McGloin is hoping it is a similar outcome at the weekend.

And while she knows Antrim pose a significant threat, McGloin is confident in the quality Fermanagh have throughout the field.

“Our defence would be a strong point of our team but we have to be tight in the backline and just keep doing what we are doing and again go back to trusting our process and hopefully it should do the job.

“We have brilliant forwards to hit in there and we have full faith in them to get the scores for us but even in the middle of the field, the workrate from the likes of Brendan Bannon, Sarah McCarville and Sarah Britton, they are massive assets for us getting the ball transitioned from the back line up to the forwards.

“I suppose we just need to stick to our process and have belief in ourselves.”

McGloin believes reaching the Ulster Final has shown the progress a much changed Fermanagh squad have made under James Daly but she is hoping that progress will continue with a win on Sunday.

“We started back out in last November and James has done very well and he has a lot of experience under his belt and he brings a lot to the team.

“And it would show our progress if we do go on to win it but I suppose even getting this far is an achievement in itself.”

And the Newtownbutler defender feels there is a good buzz about the camp coming into the game: “Championship week there is always going to be a big buzz about it

“It’s been a good buzz. Obviously Derry was a good win for us and it gives us a good boost of confidence after losing the Antrim game.

“There has been a good buzz at training and we are ready now for the Ulster Final.

“We have had a good lead up to it and it is exciting,” McGloin concluded.