Monaghan Camogs topple Cavan in thrilling Final to land All-Ireland title

26 August 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Seen a young lady strutting around the county of Monaghan this week in peacock-like fashion?The chances are she’s just gone and picked up an All-Ireland camogie medal.In a gripping match that the moguls in Hollywood (California not Scotstown!) could scarcely have scripted, Monaghan pipped Cavan to the post in last Sunday’s Gala All-Ireland Junior ‘B’ championship final replay. Happy days.

Seldom before has such a small group of people done so much to give the small ball game in Monaghan such a significant leg-up. No wonder then that the most skilful ladies across the Oriel county can be seen these days with puffed-out chests, heads in the air, cock-a-hoop. “Now the challenge for everyone involved with the county board to do their very best to build on the profile which comes with winning an all-Ireland,” Monaghan team-trainer Paul Ward declares.

“There has to be a major spin-off for camogie from winning a national title in areas of the county other than Truagh, Clontibret, Inniskeen and Castleblayney.

“It would be great to see an explosion in interest now at juvenile level and I hope the county board will address the situation and push things really hard from here.”

Working the oracle can be simplicity itself and trainer Ward insists there was no magic wand or intricate blackboard tactics brought into play last weekend.

Instead, for once, everything went to plan for Monaghan’s finest. The winning of the replay was in their own hands and they grabbed the opportunity with left and right.

“The girls knew what the plan was for beating Cavan and they went out there and stuck to it,” Ward explains.

“We’re a defensive orientated squad and Cavan are very sharp and capable up front so we knew that it would come down to whether or not they could break us down.

“Their game plan revolved around getting the ball into their forwards, over the heads of our half-backs, and into where they could do most damage.

“That meant we had to have a huge work rate, particularly from our half-forwards and midfielders so that their most dangerous players didn’t get on the ball as much as they wanted.

Kevin Carney Reports

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