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PUBLISHED: 13:36 24 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 24 August 2010

Monica Jordan

Monica Jordan

By Larry Cooney PARNELL S centre-back Monica Jordan is aiming for third time lucky when she lines up for London in Sunday s All-Ireland ladies football (JFC) final. Jordan missed out on two previous visits to Croke Park, including one for hometown team Ro

By Larry Cooney

PARNELL'S centre-back Monica Jordan is aiming for third time lucky when she lines up for London in Sunday's All-Ireland ladies football (JFC) final.

Jordan missed out on two previous visits to Croke Park, including one for hometown team Rochfortbridge, due to injury, but is determined to make amends against Derry this weekend.

Now in her second spell with the Northwick Park club, Jordan, who works as a PE teacher in Leytonstone, said: "I'm delighted to be playing in an All-Ireland final so soon after returning to London.

"I believe we have a great chance of winning, but above all I'm so looking forward to be playing at Croke Park."

Jordan helped Parnell's to victory over their great rivals Fr Murphy's in last weekend's annual Mary Feehan Tournament, and is confident that the Exiles will not be lacking in fitness when they face Derry.

"We have been training twice weekly since April," she said. "The training has been tough but it has also been good and we have finished strongly in all our matches to date.

"I have no doubt that we will be more than a match for the opposition.

"The work-rate of the side would give any team trouble but ball retention ability is our strongest quality."

London are aiming to avenge two narrow defeats by the Oak Leaf county in the league and championship, and manager Johnny Wilson is unlikely to deviate much from the side that lined out against Wicklow in the semi-final.

"Derry are a much improved team just like ourselves, but we know them and we are ready for them," declared Wilson. "I really believe that this is our year.


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