27 September 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan ladies manager Gregory McGonigle told The Northern Standard that he is very happy with his team’s preparations for Sunday’s All-Ireland final.

He said: “It’s going very well. Obviously we qualified four weeks out from the final, so it gave us plenty of time to prepare. You have stuff like this; the open night, which has to be done from a point of view of trying to promote the game, but other than that, the girls have been concentrating on their training. A couple of players had club championship last week, we’re just delighted that we have everybody available and training hard, which you’d expect.”

McGonigle talked through what has been an impressive march to the final for his team: “We were poor enough the first day against Donegal, but at that stage of the season we were doing a lot of heavy training with a view to peaking at this time of year.

Last year, we were flying for Ulster and didn’t follow it right through, so we were still doing a lot of heavy running at that stage. We then played Tyrone in the Ulster final. Tyrone started well, but Therese and Caoimhe got goals in the first half to give us a platform and we went on and scored 1-7 without reply after the break. Laois were …

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