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Ladies Football news

March 22nd, 2011


 “Our exciting new initiative for sponsorship of Monaghan Ladies Senior Football Team”
“How would you like to see your company name on the Monaghan Senior Ladies Jerseys for 2011?”
 Monaghan ladies county board are giving you a chance to enter our draw , €50 per entry, where the prize is your company becoming the sponsor for the senior ladies for the forthcoming year and seeing your company name on the ladies senior jerseys.
So far this year our senior ladies have won the O Dowd cup and are currently sitting top of the Bord Gais League Div 1 table, with a place in the semi finals already guaranteed. The league final is to be televised live on TG4. The Ulster championship starts in June and this team’s aim is to reach the senior All Ireland championship final. Companies will be visited in the next week or 2 and we would appeal to all companies to lend your support to this draw.The draw will take place on the weekend of 16th/17th April the weekend of the league semi finals. Any company interested is asked to contact either Sharon Mc Meel 087-0690722, Pauline Dempsey 087-6590647 or Marie Brady 087-9749791.
Watters Electric have been excellent sponsors of the ladies team over the past number of years and on behalf of the county board we would like to express our sincere thanks to them for their much appreciated support.
After a break last weekend, our seniors are back in action again this Sunday when they travel to Portlaoise to take on Laois. Laois have been somewhat of a bogey team for Monaghan this past few years so hopefully the girls will put an end to this on Sunday. Even though a semi final place is already guaranteed, Monaghan still have areas they need to improve on, and Sunday gives them another opportunity to do just that. The league table as it currently stands is
                         P        W       L      D      Points for    Points Against Point Diff  Points
Monaghan          5         5        0      0          93                    52              41           15
Cork                  5         4        1      0          107                  63               44           12  
 Donegal             5         4        1      0         91                    92               -1            12
Laois                 5         2        3      0         77                    81               -4              6
Galway              5         1        2      2         72                    82               -10            5
Kildare               5         1        3      1         74                    91               -17            4
Tyrone               5         1        3       1        74                    92               -18            4
Mayo                5          0        5       0         58                   93               -35            0   
Minor ladies were at the wrong end of the result on Saturday last away to Down. Monaghan started very well and were five points to one up after fifteen minutes. Down however gradually got into the game and scored three points in succession to leave just a point between the sides. The game turned on two mistakes from the Monaghan girls just before half time. A Monaghan side-line ball was intercepted and Down went down and scored a goal. Just before half time a free for Monaghan was intercepted. Down went up the field to score their second goal to leave the score at half time Down 2-4 Monaghan 0-5.  
Monaghan did start the second half with some urgency but unfortunately they weren’t able to convert their efforts into scores. Down took control of the game scoring a total of 5 goals and 10 points in the second half. There was no way back for the Monaghan girls as  Down just proved too strong, their defence holding Monaghan to just 3 points. The final score Down 7-14 Monaghan 0-08.
Monaghan’s scorers on the day were Caoimhe Mohan with five points, Kelsey Maguire, Abbey Mc Carey and Sandra Mc Connell with one each.
With a break now until their next match, a lot of hard work will have to be put in if these girls are to progress further. In fairness, Down are a formideable side and the Monaghan girls didn’t do themselves justice on the day. Hopefully they can learn from their mistakes on Saturday and go on and progress further in the rest of the league. Line Out:
                    Fiona Callan
 Kady Mc Kenna  Julie Mc Guirk   Arlene Keenan                                                                                                                          
Laura Mc Kenna   Eimear Kelly  Barbara Ward                                                         
           Edel Mullen Eileen Mc Kenna                                                
 Abbey Mc Carey  Shauna Coyle  Kelsey Maguire                                                                                          
 Sandra Mc Connell  Reggie Boylan   Caoimhe Mohan
Monaghan have entered a second team in the Ulster championship and last Saturday saw the B team in action against Antrim in St Pauls Belfast in what was a highly entertaining and exciting game. The wind played was a major factor throughout. Monaghan had the wind advantage in the first half. The Monaghan girls were on fire in the opening 8 minutes scoring 3 goals in succession. one from Emyvale’s Ciara Mc Carron and the other two from her clubmate Dolores Hughes.However Antrim soon got to grips with the strong wind, and 2 excellent points from the very dangerous Eimear Rocks and Grace Mc Evoy saw them slowly pull themselves back into the game. Antrim started to cause the Monaghan defence a lot of problems but some great goalkeeping by 
Sinead Kelly and some great defending deied Antrim on several occassions. Antrim added a further point from Eimear Rocks and with 16 mins of the half gone, Monaghan led by 3 goals to 3 poings. Ellen O Brien added another point for Monaghan but Antrim responded with their first goal of the day to narrow the gap once again. Monaghan missed a number of chances to increase their lead, misses which in the end proved very costly. With a few minutes of the half remaining Dolores Hughes scored her hat trick to put Monaghan 4-1 to 1-3 ahead but it was Antrim who finished the scoring of the half with 2 more points, once againEimear Rocks and Grace Mc Evoy being on target. Half time score Monaghan 4-1 Antrim 1-5.
Monaghan started the second half promisingly against the wind with a point from Emer Lynch(Killanny), but another goal from Antrim narrowed the gap to just 3 points. Sarah Capaldi who had been introduced for Monaghan got her name on the scoresheet with a point but once again Eimear Rocks responded for Antrim with 2 fine points to leave the score with 15 minutes gone, Monaghan 4-3 Antrim 2-7. Antrim started to take advantage of the strong wind and 2 goals in quick succession and 3 points put Antrim into a 7 point lead. Amy Keenan(Doohamlet) gave Monaghan a lifeline scoring another goal for the Monaghan girls and for the remaining 5 minutes Monaghan fought bravely to get themselves back into the game. They added another point this time Magheracloone girl Laura Jones getting on the scoresheet, to leave just a goal between the teams. Try as they might, Monaghan couldn’t break the solid Antrim defence and Antrim held out to secure a win.
Final Score Monaghan 5-4  Antrim 4-10
Despite the disappointment of losing , this group of girls can take a lot of positives from the game. They have only been together for a short time and going into the game were short 2 key players. They showed a lot of potential against Antrim’s first side and hopefully they will go into the rest of the league campaign with confidence. Their next league game is away to Derry on Saturday April 2nd. Details next week. Training took place last night Wednesday and will be on again this Saturday morning in Cloghan at 12.
The U14 A team had a bye last weekend. This weekend they take on Donegal who have been to the fore of Ulster underage teams this past number of years. The game has been refixed for Sunday. Time and venue yet to be decided. Players will be notified when details are confirmed.
Our U16 panel have been training away in preparation for their championship campaign. Players will be notified on training or possible challenge game.
Last weekend saw the All Ireland colleges football finals take place in Limerick. Monaghan had a number of players taking part over the weekend, Alana Hackett NIUG Galway, Emma and Louise Byrne Carlow IT and Ellen Mc Carron, Aoife Mc Anespie, Ciara Mc Anespie DCU 1st team and Christine Farrelly DCU 2nd team. In the Lynch cup final Carlow IT came up against the DCU second team and the Byrne twins Emma and Louise were the first of the Monaghan girls to be on the winners podium with a great performance . Emma was outstanding on the day and it was great to see Louise back in action again after injury. In the main final , the O Connor Cup  DCU came up against Jordanstown and what a game this turned out to be with DCU going for their 3rd title in succession. Only a point seperated the sides at half time. DCU took the lead 10 minutes into the second half but Jordanstown fought back to within 3 points.With a player down DCU hung on and just as the final whistle was blown Jordanstown were awarded a penalty. This would have put the game into extra time but luckily for DCU the shot was saved and DCU were crowned champions once again. The 3 Monaghan girls were excellent for DCU with Ciara Mc Anespie going on to receive the Player of the Match Award. She was also one of 6 DCU players to receive an All Star. Ellen Mc Carron and Emma Byrne received replacement All Stars.
On behalf of Monaghan county board congrats to all of the Monaghan girls involved
U16 Schools
St Louis Carrickmacross have progressed to the Ulster U16  C Schools finals after beating St Malachys Castlewellan 6-10 to 4-5. The final is due to be played tonight Thursday. We wish St Louis all the best. Result next week.
Monaghan Harps   V   Donaghmoyne
Aghabog   V   Magheracloone
Doohamlet  V   Sean Mc Dermotts
Killanny   V   Aughnamullen
Carrickmacross bye
 SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION DIVISION 1(Provisional) 7/8/9th April
Truagh  V  Donaghmoyne 
SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 2   – all 7/8/9th April
Monaghan Harps  V  Scotstown  
Aghabog   V   Donaghamoyne B   
O Neills    V   Magheracloone      
SENIOR LEAGUE DIVISION 3  –  all 7/8/9th April
Aughnamullen   V   Inniskeen 
Truagh B     V    Sean Mc Dermotts
Corduff     V   Latton
Emyvale B   bye 
 Division 1 15 a side   7th April 6.45 p.m.
Monaghan Harps  V  Truagh
Scotstown   V  O Neills
Emyvale   V   Donaghmoyne
Div 2 13 a side 7th April 6.45 p.m.
Inniskeen   V  Latton
Carrickmacross  V  Aghabog
Corduff   V   Eire Og
Div 3 11 a side 7th April 6.45 pm
St Brigids   V    Aughnamullen
Doohamlet  V  Sean Mc Dermotts
Corduff   V  Eire Og
Division 1 15 a side   Monday 11th April  6.45pm
Donaghmoyne   V   Emyvale
Scotstown   V   O Neill Shamrocks
Carrickmacross  V  Monaghan Harps
Division 2 13 a side Monday 11th April 6.45pm
Aughnamullen   V  Eire Og
Inniskeen   V   Latton
Killanny   bye
Division 3 11 a side  Monday 4th April  6.45pm
Truagh   V  Aghabog
Sean Mc Dermotts  V   Doohamlet
Tyholland bye
Division 4 11 a side  Monday 4th April  6.45 pm
Killevan   V   Corduff
Magheracloone   V  St Brigids
All rules with regards to any of the above competitions can be got on the Monaghan ladies webpage           

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