17 June 2022 No Comments by The Northern Standard



Monaghan’s senior ladies have it all to do in Group B after falling to a onesided defeat against All-Ireland champions Meath made at a blustery Drumhowan last Saturday. A 25th-minute goal by Kelsey Nesbitt doubled Meath’s lead to six, effectively putting them beyond reach, even at that stage, with an inexperienced Monaghan team – who had to wait almost until the end of the first half for their first shot from play – spending much of the third quarter penned into their own half against the breeze.

After conceding the opening score early on, the visitors went on to hit 1- 13 without reply to convincingly bounce back from a narrow Leinster final loss to Dublin. Meath’s greater ability to pierce holes in the opposition defence made the difference, while the metronomic free-taking of Stacey Grimes saw the full-forward rack up eight points. Already fielding a youthful side throughout this year, the absence of captain Muireann Atkinson, top scorer Jodie McQuillan and another ever-present player, Eimear Traynor, meant Monaghan had five changes from the team that lost heavily to Armagh in an Ulster semi-final at the end of April, retaining just four of the starting 15 from their All-Ireland SFC game against Cavan last July. Jayne Drury’s powerful running caused Meath headaches at times, but she had too much work to do from deep to make an impact on the scoreboard, while the likes of Grimes, Emma Duggan and Vikki Wall were constant threats at the other end.

With the teams setting up to almost mirror each other, both sides got numbers behind the ball in the first half, resulting in lengthy spells of possession as they slowly….

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