MONAGHAN MEET CORK IN A CLASSIC CROKE PARK ALL-IRELAND FINAL CLASH

27 September 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A third title and a first since 1997 is in the sights of the Monaghan senior ladies footballers as they head to Croke Park for Sunday’s TG4 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final against Cork.
Monaghan have lost four finals since the county last won the Brendan Martin Cup, in 1998 (after a replay), 2002, 2008 and 2011, but there are strong signals that this team is ready to land the big prize.

Comfortable wins over Donegal and Tyrone saw Monaghan lift a fourth consecutive Ulster title and they went on to crush Laois with an impressive performance in the All-Ireland quarter-finals. Galway pushed Monaghan all the way in the semi-final, but Gregory McGonigle’s side finished strongly to win by five points and secure a return to Jones’ Road.

Monaghan’s forward play has been impressive, giving them a total of 9-67 in four SFC matches so far and an average of 23.5 points per game. Caoimhe Mohan has been the star of the Monaghan attack, scoring 4-15 from play in the championship, while Cathriona McConnell’s continuing excellence from frees and from play is another big asset for McGonigle’s side. Cora Courtney has been revelling a more advanced role this year, hitting 2-11 from play in the championship to date, while several other players are capable of chipping in on …

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