Thursday 22 August 2019

All-Ireland heartbreak still lingers for Carter


Mayo's Martha Carter. Photo: Sportsfile
Mayo's Martha Carter. Photo: Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Experienced Mayo star Martha Carter still hasn't fully dealt with the fall-out from last September's TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football final defeat to Dublin.

Mayo lost by 12 points in front of a record final attendance of 46,286 at Croke Park, with Carter and Carnacon club-mates Marie Corbett, Fiona McHale, Doireann Hughes and Cora Staunton in their team.

Another journey deep into the business end of the club campaign has helped to occupy the minds of the Carnacon contingent since then and on Sunday, they travel to Augher in Tyrone to play St Macartan's in the All-Ireland club senior semi-final.

Carter, 34, explained: "I don't think you can ever get over losing an All-Ireland final.

"We hadn't been there for so long. But you're straight back into the club, we had a (county) semi-final the week after we lost the All-Ireland and it distracts you a bit.

"But when you start talking about it and thinking about it, it's something that's still there and something that hasn't been dealt with properly.

"I'll start thinking about it after the club but your mind would drift back to it on your own. I don't think anyone can ever forget losing an All-Ireland - it doesn't matter if it's a day, month, or a couple of years."

Carter says that she will consider her inter-county future in the new year, as close friend Staunton prepares for a crack at professional life with the Greater Western Sydney Giants in the Women's AFL.

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Carter reflected: "Yeah, it's mad as in it's something she deserves and has worked so hard for.

"We'll definitely miss her. Regardless of whether we go back to county or not, she'll be missing for the league for whoever is there.

"We're all delighted for her and she'll be a huge success down there.

"It will be interesting to see how she gets on and we'll be watching."

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