ANOTHER DAY OUT AT CROKE PARK FOR MONAGHAN

6 September 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Free-scoring forward Cathriona McConnell believes every single Monaghan player who featured in last weekend’s All-Ireland ladies SFC semi-final can play even better next time out.

In a clear declaration of intent ahead of the all-Ireland decider on September 29th next, the Donaghmoyne dynamo is convinced the Oriel county can ratchet up their performance another notch or two after seeing off Galway by 0-16 to 0-11 at Kingspan/Breffni Park.

“We played very well in the last 20 minutes against Galway but I’d say, overall, we only played around 80% of our maximum ability,” Monaghan’s ace free-taker told the Northern Standard.

“I think there’s still a lot more in us and I suppose all of us would agree that there’s room for improvement in every department and that all of us can give more the next day.

“From here on ’till the final, we’ll be working hard in training to try and tidy up some things that didn’t possibly work for us against Galway and to make sure too that everyone of us will be in the very best condition to take on whoever makes it from the other semi.”

For now, McConnell and co. will have to keep their heads down and bargain for a meeting in the final with either Cork or Kerry.

Interestingly, Monaghan’s in-form centre-forward says that while she has personally no preference in terms of her county’s final opponents, she has a sneaking feeling that the Kingdom will come good and surprise the ‘oftimes national kingpins.

That said, the feeling remains that all 16 who were …

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