27 September 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The countdown is on this Sunday afternoon (4pm) and the meeting of Monaghan and Cork in what has all the makings of being the most intriguing, most unpredictable of all-Ireland ladies football finals in recent years.
Shrewd observers of the ladies’ game are at one in their view that the two best teams in 2013 will contest this year’s blue riband decider.

Opinion is slightly divided among those at the higher echelons of the game on who will emerge triumphant.

However there is growing support for the notion that Monaghan can end a 16 year wait and get their hands on the Brendan Martin Cup.

Last week, Galway ladies team-manager Barry Downey plumped for a Monaghan win, primarily on the basis of the electric speed boasted by the Oriel county’s backline and also the ferocity of their tackling.
Like Downey, Dublin’s Paul Gilheany is another county boss who believes Gregory McGonigle’s charges can do the business this weekend.

Gilheany’s side gave Cork a fright in this year’s All-Ireland SFC quarter-final before …

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