18 May 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

CORK 2-07

MONAGHAN clinched their first National League title since 1999, halting defending champions Cork’s bid for five titles in a row at Parnell Park on Saturday with an electrifying 1-13 to 2-7 victory.
Monaghan were superb throughout and thoroughly deserved their win, once again proving their worth at the the Dublin venue which has proven to be a lucky stomping ground for the county.
It was here that they last tasted league success all those 13 years ago against Waterford.
Once again, Monaghan’s full-forward line showed how lethal they were, Cathriona McConnell, Niamh Kindlon and Caoimhe Mohan contributing all but two points of their side’s total.
Indeed, only one Monaghan point came from a free, and that was the opening score of the game from a Kindlon free on five minutes.
The full-forward really came to the fore in this game, putting the frustrations of last year’s All-Ireland defeat well and truly behind her.
Not only did the Magheracloone player hit four points, but she epitomised the hard-working ethos of the Monaghan team, getting out in front, winning ball and setting up scores, and would have been one of the choices for player of the final but will certainly not begrudge her team-mate and goalkeeper Linda Martin that accolade for pulling off some fine saves throughout the game.
McConnell’s decisive left foot saw her add 1-4 to Monaghan’s total in the second half as she finished with 1-5 while Mohan, who surprisingly only finished with two points, was a constant threat to the Cork defence all day and was unlucky not to bag an early first half goal.
If the semi-final game against Dublin was their best performance to date before this game, then this performance will go down as one of the best displays ever from a Monaghan side in many years.
They proved to all that that peformance wasn’t just a once off and I would even dare to say, there is still more to come from this team.
McConnell doubled Monaghan’s lead on 11 minutes but that was only after both sides had glorious goal chances.
First Mohan saw her rasping shot come back off the underside of the crossbar. Then Cork’s Grace Kearney was denied by Martin and back down the other end, McEnaney, was presented with a …

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