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Women's SuperLeague: Friendship set aside as old comrades face off in decider

KILLARNEY natives James Weldon and Cormac O'Donoghue spent plenty of time in the trenches together, but tonight they will patrol the sideline as their teams battle it out for the Women's SuperLeague title.

There will be no room for emotion or sentiment as Weldon's all-conquering UL -- currently on a 34-game winning streak that stretches back to December 4, 2010 -- are odds-on to defeat O'Donoghue's improving Glanmire side for a fourth time this season.

"We know each other pretty well -- probably too well for this weekend," O'Donoghue explained. "We probably both think we know what the other is thinking. But we won't care who we are coaching against, we will both be trying to win a game."

It was Weldon (34) who first introduced O'Donoghue (42) to coaching with both men having played SuperLeague and Division 1 together with Killarney in the 1990s.

"I got him a job with the Rathmore men's team and he obviously had an interest and a taste for it," Weldon said.

"He went on to great things with the Killarney men's and women's teams."

"I learned a lot from Cormac when I was a player and we have shared a lot of ideas on the coaching side of things as well."

Weldon feels his UL team -- on course for the treble -- have the right mindset for this final game of what has been, to date, the perfect season.

"Confidence comes from what you put into it, and I believe that we are the hardest-working team in the country.

"The players get the confidence from the countless hours they have put in," Weldon said.

"We haven't been beaten at home in two full seasons -- the game we lost last year was on the road -- and we wear it as a badge of honour.

"But we take each game as it comes because I am sure it will have to come to an end at some stage, hopefully not in this match."

Verdict: UL

UL v Glanmire,

Live, Setanta Sports, 6.45

Irish Independent