20 July 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Brenda McAnespie

Monaghan ladies won their third Ulster Senior Football Championship in a row at Clones last Sunay. It has to be said this was another outstanding performance from the Monaghan girls, their pace and movement being first class. It had to be disheartening for Donegal, but as Hugh Devanney said afterwards, they were beaten by an outstanding team on the day and he ranked this Monaghan side as one of the top teams in the country at present.
Linda Martin in goals didn’t put a foot wrong. The rock solid defence weren’t really troubled all day but anything that came their way they dealt with and the half back line got involved in many of Monaghan’s attack with Therese Mc Nally scoring 1-1.
Amanda Casey excelled in midfield scoring two goals along the way and her partner Cora Courtney added two points for good measure. It was the display of the forwards that caught the eye. Monaghan’s full forward line scored a total 2-15 between them and the hard working half forward line seven points.
Not only did they register scores but they hassled and harried the Donegal defence coming out leaving it virtually impossible for Donegal to set up attacks. However it was the display from Ellen McCarron that really stood out. Her fielding was outstanding and her ability to pick out passses was excellent and then for good measure she fired over three wonderful points.
A display that rightly earned her Player of the Match much to the delight of her team mates.
Monaghan now must wait to see who their opponents will be in the All Ireland quarter finals. It will be club championship for the girls in the next 2 weeks, and then preparations will in full swing again.
On behalf of the county board, I would like to congratulate …

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