5 August 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan laid a long-time bogey last weekend when they annexed the Ladies Under-16 provincial football title. Kerry now await the Oriel in the All-Ireland Semi-Final. by KEVIN CARNEY
The county’s development squad system has been credited by team manager Seamus Murray for laying the foundation stones for Monaghan’s under 16 ladies football title triumph last weekend.
Reflecting on Monaghan’s stunning 6-10 to 4-2 Ulster final win over raging hot favourites Tyrone in Donagh, Murray was effusive in his praise for the work done by those in charge of the various county development squads in recent years.
“A lot of people have done a lot of work over the last few years with our current under 16s and that work has borne fruit with the win over Tyrone,” Murray enthused.
“Winning this year’s Ulster title is a tremendous boost for ladies football in the county and is a rich dividend for all the work that went into developing these girls’ talent during their time with the under 13 and under 15 development squads.
“I’m delighted for all the girls, all 26 of them. They worked hard all year, were good listeners, were willing to learn and fully deserve their provincial medals.”
By dint of their extraordinary win over the O’Neill county last weekend, Murray and co. can now look forward with no little optimism to a date with Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-final.
A sense of the squad’s ambition, and that of the team-management, can be gauged by the fact that the addition of an All-Ireland medal is now the agreed goal of all concerned.
Indeed, it would seem that team-manager Murray’s faith and belief has been galvanised by what he witnessed in Donagh:
“I thought the girls were very, very focussed and once they got that the rub of the green, they were not going to be stopped such was their determination.
“At one point in the game did I think they would miss out on their target of bringing home a long-awaited Ulster under 16 title to the county.
“There wasn’t one of our players who didn’t play well against Tyrone and that’s a very pleasing thing for any manager to be able to say after such a high-profile, important game.
“I thought their workrate and their support play was excellent all the way through the game.”
Full report in The Northern Standard

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