SENIORS FAIL TO REGAIN TITLE

31 July 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Ladies Senior Football Championship

Donegal       2-12

Monaghan        1-10

By KEVIN CARNEY

Monaghan senior ladies failed in their bid to win back the SFC Ulster title on Sunday last after a somewhat lacklustre performance at rain drenched St Tiernach’s Park Clones, going down by 1-10 to 2-12.

The weather was simply atrocious which didn’t help matters and over the 60 odd minutes Monaghan simply failed to get into top gear.

Wrong options and poor handling let us down but to give Donegal their due they were the hungrier team and really wanted the title.

The favourites tag was attached firmly to the Monaghan senior team going into this encounter and no one believed that Monaghan would not be holding aloft the O’Harte Cup on Sunday evening.

From the get-go Donegal set out their stall with a good defensive system that Monaghan were finding it difficult to break down.

With just over two minutes gone Ciara McAnespie won a free for herself and Caoimhe Mohan duly pointed from the spot to get Monaghan up and running.

Donegal’s Yvonne McMonagle pointed in the 5th minute to get Donegal moving.

Just prior to the 10th minute Laura McEneaney was sinbinned for Monaghan which was a grave setback.

With 15 minutes on the clock, Geraldine McLaughlin and Cora Courtney (Monaghan) pointed for both teams respectively to keep things on an even keel.

Moments later, Donegal brought on Therese McCafferty to help out in the midfield area and she made her presence felt for the rest of the game.

Cathriona Mc Connell pointed from a free to send Monaghan one up going into the sixteenth minute but sadly that was the last time that Monaghan went in front.

From that score onwards, it was all Donegal, as they hit a purple patch which yielded five points in total with Geraldine McLaughlin grabbing three and Yvonne McMonagle and Amber Barrett hitting….

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