7 September 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan ladies senior football manager Gregory McGonigle reckons that his side will be locking horns this weekend with “possibly the best team ladies football has ever seen”.
The Oriel’s finest are scheduled to meet the bluebloods of Cork at Birr in this Saturday’s All-Ireland Ladies SFC semi-final with the winners of the tie hotly tipped to go on and secure the Holy Grail in the national decider.
The two behemoths of the current ladies game will go head-to-head with the aim of booking a place in the final against Kerry who conquered Galway in their last four duel last weekend.
“We’ll be coming up against possibly the best team ladies football has ever seen so the challenge in front of us is huge,” McGonigle opined.
“But this Monaghan squad has come on in leaps and bounds over the past two years and to have beaten Cork in last May’s National League final will have given our girls great confidence, especially since that was Cork’s first defeat in a national final since 2003.”
McGonigle has the utmost faith in his charges but he knows that they will be opposed by a set of players, almost all of whom are household names.
He is boosted by the fact that he has a fully fit squad to choose from. Top class attacker Caoimhe Mohan struggled against Mayo with a leg injury but has made a full recovery.
“We have good strength in depth this year; a better bench overall than in 2011 but I’m hoping I don’t have to make changes and bring in subs on the day ’cause that will mean we’re not going so well.
“From the very outset of the year, the plan was to win the championship and we don’t want to come back up the road on Saturday without the final to look forward to.
“I know a lot of people are talking about this match being the real all-Ireland final but I would see that as being disrespectful to Kerry who are already there.
“I remember our game with Kerry last year when we struggled for long periods and only really came into our own in the last ten minutes and only then did we manage to shake them off.
“Kerry have a very good team again this …

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