There will be no shortage of excitement and nerves in the McManus household on Sunday morning.
Football has been the main topic of conversation in recent weeks in the house with 24- year-old twins Naomi and Nuala set to go in search of an elusive All Ireland winner’s medal when they will be part of the Fermanagh side that takes on Derry in the All Ireland Junior Final at Croke Park.
Naomi will be looking to help shut down the Oaf Leaf attack while at the other end of the pitch Nuala will be aiming to get among the scores to fire Fermanagh to victory.
“The whole family are buzzing about the final and they always give us a great support so hopefully we can go out and do it on the day,” said corner forward Nuala.
The Brookeboro siblings often come up against each other at training and Nuala states that it is great to be able to play on the same team as her sister while she stresses that there is a great bond among all the players in the squad.
“She’s a defender and I’m a forward so it often works out that she marks me at training and we would have a good rivalry between us. 
“It’s great to be able to play on the same team as her and also to be able to play in the same team as friends. We would all know each other really well now and there is a really good bond among the players, we all get on well,” added Nuala.
Nuala was in fine scoring form during Fermanagh’s slender one point win over London in the All Ireland semi-final and she feels that will have given her confidence heading into the final.
“I scored 1-04 against London and I was shooting well which was pleasing so it has boosted my confidence for the final,” she said.
Now Fermanagh have Derry standing between them and All Ireland glory and the Erne Ladies have had the upperhand in each of the previous four meetings between the sides this year.
However, Nuala says that they are expecting an improved Derry side to take to the pitch at Croke Park on Sunday. The Oak Leaf girls booked their place in the final by coming through a low scoring, tight encounter against Carlow in the semi-final.
“We have beaten them four times this season which is a boost for us but as with any final you don’t know what is going to happen and we know that we will have to produce a big performance.
“Derry are going to be a different team to the one we have played before, we know that and we know that it is going to be very tough on Sunday.”
Nuala though is looking forward to the action getting underway on Sunday.
“I can’t wait to run out at Croke Park and for the game to begin. We have worked hard and we are in an All Ireland final. Now we want to go on and win it,” she said.