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April 4th, 2011


Monaghan’s Caoimhe Mohan put on an impressive display on her home turf to help Monaghan take full points against Donegal.
Donegal have been in fine form all year only losing out to Cork. Donegal  went into the game without two of their full forward line, Geraldine Mc Laughlin and Eilish Ward with Monaghan missing one of their top forwards Catriona Mc Connell.
It was Caoimhe Mohan who opened Monaghan’s scoring with a fine point which resulted from a fine move involving Grainne Mc Nally, Cora Courtney and Ciara Mc Anespie. Both teams had a number of wides before Monaghan scored their first goal of the day. Therese Mc Nally won the ball in the middle of the field. She found Caoimhe Mohan who released the ball to the incoming Ciara Mc Anespie who rattled the net with 10 minutes of the first half gone. Caoimhe Mohan added another 2 points in succession to put Monaghan 1-3 up with 15 mintes of the half gone. Donegal were finding the Monaghan defence hard to penetrate and Monaghan increased their lead even further with a great point from Ellen Mc Carron. It took Donegal 20 minutes to register their first score and this came from a free which was converted by their full forward Yvonne Mc Monagle. Natasha Mohan was quick to respond for Monaghan with another point. Donegal started to hit the high ball into their  full forward line and were awarded another free which Yvonne Mc Monagle made no mistake in converting. Once again Monaghan responded well with Therese Mc Nally combining with Ciara Mc Anespie and then Ellen Mc Carron to add another point for the home side.  Then came Monaghan’s second goal with Ciara Mc Anespie finding Caoimhe Mohan who scored her first goal of the day to put Monaghan 2-6 to 0-2 ahead with just a minute of the half remaining.
Donegal did give themselves a lifeline however, when another high ball into the Monaghan defence found Yvonne Mc Monagle who hit the back of the net to leave the score at half time Monaghan 2-6  Donegal 1-2
The opening minutes of the second half saw Donegal push forward but the Monaghan defence were excellent and made it very difficult for the Donegal forwards to get through. With 4 minutes of the second half gone Yvonne Mc Monagle scored her first point from play to reduce Monaghan’s lead, and a great run forward by Roisin Friel resulted in a free which was converted once again by Yvonne Mc Monagle. It looked as if Donegal were going to stage a comeback but this wasn’t to be as the Monaghan defence held strong. Ellen Mc Carron opened Monaghan’s scoring in the second half converting a free. Therese Mc Nally was unlucky not to add a goal for Monaghan with the Donegal keeper Roisin Mc Cafferty making a good save. 2 more points from Monaghan, one from Caoimhe Mohan and the other from Therese Mc Nally increased Monaghan’s lead once again. Margaret Treanor was introduced into the game for Monaghan  and another point from the excellent Caoimhe Mohan put Monaghan 2-10 to 1-4 ahead with just 10 minutes on the clock remaining. Monaghan’s forwards were causing Donegal all sorts of problems and Therese Mc Nally added to her total with another well worked point. Aoife Mc Anespie then made a great run to get her name on the scoresheet and another  2 frees converted by Therese Mc Nally put Monaghan 2-14 to 1-4 ahead.  Niamh Kindlon was introduced at this stage for Monaghan. Donegal didn’t give up and continued to push forward. Two frees converted by Yvonne Mc Monagle and a fine point from play from Grainne Houston did reduce Monaghan’s  lead marginally, but another fine move started in the backline by Una Mc Nally and Therese Mc Nally found the lightning Caoimhe Mohan who scored  her second goal of the day to leave the final score
Monaghan 3-14 Donegal 1-7
Monaghan Line Out
Linda Martin, Sharon Courtney, Una Mc Nally, Christina Reilly, Lavina Conolly, Nicola Fahy, Aoife Mc Anespie (0-1), Amanda Casey, Cora Courtney, Caoimhe Mohan (2-5), Ciara Mc Anespie (1-0), Grainne Mc Nally, Ellen Mc Carron (0-3 1f), Natasha Mohan(0-1) Therese Mc Nally (0-4 2f). Subs used Margaret Treanor, Niamh Kindlon
This was a fine performance by the Monaghan girls with Caoimhe Mohan showing what a talent she is, and if the Monaghan forwards continue the way they have been, they will cause any defence real problems. Once again Monaghan’s defence were excellent with Christina Reilly once again in top form. Amanda Casey and Nicola Fahy at midfield worked tirelessly but it has been the workrate of the whole team that has been so impressive. Monaghan aren’t the most physical side but what they lack in size they make up for in workrate and determination.  Monaghan now can look forward to the league semi final where their opponents are Laois. As we seen last week Laois are a very formidable side and the Monaghan girls  will have to be in top form to beat them again. A place in the league final, the first in 10  years is just one game away . Incidentantly 2001 was the last year Monaghan ladies featured in a National league final when they were beaten by Clare. Last time a national league title came to Monaghan was in 1999.  A place in the final is no more than this team deserve as they have played with great conviction and pride all year. However Laois aren’t going to hand it to them and they will have to continue to work hard. The league semi final is down for w/e 16/17th April.  More details next week 
With Monaghan holding top spot in the league unbeaten throughout, it comes as no surpise that Gregory Mc Gonigle has been named as Monager of the Month. On behalf of Monaghan county board we would like to congratule Gregory on this great achievement.
Monaghan’s U14 B team travelled to Derry on Saturday to take on a side who are probably favourites to win the league and they put it up to them right throughout the game, and were unlucky not to get a result.
It was Monaghan who opened the scoring with a point from  Dolores Hughes but Derry were quick to respond with Derry’s Aishling O Neill finding the Monaghan net to put them 1 goal to a point ahead. Monaghan had the wind advantage and when Micheala Mc Cabe won a ball in midfield she sent in a long ball inot the excellent Lauren Jones who found Dolores Hughes who fired into the Derry net.Derry once again responded with Orla Higgins scoring 2 points for the Derry girls.Dolores Hughes added another point before Derry’s Siobhan Comer was sin binned for a foul on Lauren Jones. Ciara Mc Carron converted from the resulting free to leave the scores 1-3 to Derry 1-2 to Monaghan.Aishling O Neill equalised for Derry but  Monaghan were denied 2 goals  with the ball hitting off the woodwork. Dolores Hughes and Caoimhe Mohan scored to put Monaghan 2 points in front but Derry’s Aoife Laverty scored the final score of the half to leave just a point seperating the sides going into the break.
 Half time score Monaghan 1-5 Derry 1-4
Monaghan introduced Darah Capaldi and Emily O Donaghue and with a strong wind against them, Monaghan had to work very hard. It was Derry who opened the scoring of the second half with points from Aishling O Neill to put Derry 1 ahead. Sarah Capaldi and Lauren Jones were combining together very well  for Monaghan and a great goal and a point from Sarah Capaldi put Monaghan into the lead once again. Leanne Ward and Micheala Mc Cabe were working tirelessly in midfield but with the strong wind, Monaghan’s defence had their hands full with Derry’s full forward Shauna Crossan and aisling O Neill causing a lot of problems. Derry’s Orla Higgins scored Derry’s second goal to leave the sides all square once again 2-6 to 2-6. This was quickly followed by a another Derry goal by their midfielder Aoife Laverty. Ellen O Brien and Eimear Mc Nally working hard in the Monaghan defence got the ball up field and a great move  saw Caoimhe Duffy find lauren Jones who fired to the back of the net to square matters up once again. Derry were unlucky to hit the woodwork on a number of occassions but it was point for point in the final 10 minutes of the game with Monaghan points coming from Micheala Mc Cabe (2) Ciara Mc Carron  and Lauren Jones. With 2 minutes on the clock remaining, Derry were awarded a free to put them one point up and a further point put them 2 clear. Derry held out to secure victory, but it was very hard luck on the Monaghan girls who never gave up right to the final whistle. Although on the wrong end of the result, these girls gave everything they had and can be proud of the performance they put up.  Their defence were excellent especially when they were playing against a strong wind in the second half. Micheala Mc Cabe and Leanne Ward worked tirelessly at midfield and up front Lauren Jones was excellent as was Sarah Capaldi when introduced. Overall their teamwork was very good and they can now look forward to their game this Saturday against Fermanagh with confidence and let’s hope they can continue to build on what they have achieved so far.
Final score  Derry 3-12 Monaghan 3-10
Monaghan Line Out   Sinead Kelly (Doohamlet), Niamh Traynor(Tyholland), Ellen O Brien (Emyvale) Megan Boylan (Scotstown), Eimear Mc Anespie (Emyvale), Hanna Clerkin (Monaghan Harps) Leanne Ward(O Neills), Micheala Mc Cabe (St Brigids), Caoimhe Mohan(Scotstown), Ciara Mc Carron (Emyvale), Caoimhe Duffy (Doohamlet), Lauren Jones(Magheracloone), Dolores Hughes(Emyvale) Brianan Sherry (Scotstown)
Subs used Carah Capaldi (Carrickmacross), Emily O Donohue (Emyvale), Caoimhe Finn (Killanny) Micheala Mc Skeane (Donaghmoyne
Scorers Dolores Hughes 1-3
            Lauren Jones 1-1
            Sarah Capaldi 1-1
            Micheala Mc Cabe 0-2 1f
            Ciara Mc Carron  0-2 1f 
            Caoimhe Mohan 0-1
Emyvale hosted the Kevin Donnelly Tournament on Saturday last and what an excellent exhibition of football was put up by each of the 5 teams that took part. A number of teams had to drop out at the last minute but the remaining teams, Truagh, Latton, Carryduff, Aghabog and Emyvale provided the crowd with some great football. After the round league games were completed, Truagh and Carryduff(Down) were on 9 points each with each having lost 1 game, Truagh losing out to Aghabog and Carryduff losing out to Truagh. Emyvale and Aghabog finished on 6 points each. This left Truagh and Carryduff in the cup final and Emyvale and Aghabog in the Shield final.
First up was the Shield final with  Emyvale finishing the stronger winning by 6-7 to 2 -3. Next up was the Cup final and what a thriller we witnessed with Truagh and Carryduff showing us what’s best about ladies football. It was end to end action and in the end Carryduff held out to win by the narrowest of margins, a single point. However it must be said that football was the real winner on the day. Concepta and Pamela Donnelly presented the winning teams with their trophies  and the players of the tournament were presented by Karen Donnelly.
The player of the shield was awarded to Emyvale’s Alana O Donohue and the player of the tournament award went to Carryduff’s Aodaoin Early.
Reserve League Section 1
Magheracloone 7-7   Aghabog 5-7
Monaghan Harps 2-4  Donaghmoyne 2-11
Truagh 4-4 Emyvale 3-3
Reserve League Section 2
Doohamlet 0-6 Sean Mc Dermotts 2-12
Killanny 0-10  Aughnamullen 2-10
Corduff   3-7  Carrickmacross 1-3
Saturday 9th April U14 Ulster League
U14 A Ulster League
Tyrone V Monaghan 
U14 B  Ulster League
Monaghan V Fermanagh Cremartin 1pm
Senior League Division 1
Truagh V Donaghmoyne                    Saturday 9th 6.30pm       Ref John Malone
Senior League Division 2 
Monaghan Harps V Scotstown           Saturday 9th 12.30pm      Ref Owen Mc Nally
Aghabog  V Donaghamoyne B           Sunday 10th  12.30 pm    Ref Paul Swift
O Neills V Magheracloone                 Sunday 10th 12.30 pm     Ref G Treanor 
Division 3
Aughnamullen V Inniskeen                Friday 8th   7.00 pm         Ref Jim Shannon
Truagh B  V Seans                           Sunday 10th 12.30 pm      Ref Adam Mc Kenna
Corduff V Latton                               Sunday 10th 12.30pm       Ref Mary Foy
Division 1 15 a side
   tonight 7th April 6.45 p.m.
Monaghan Harps  V  Truagh
Scotstown   V  O Neills
Emyvale   V   Donaghmoyne
Div 2 13 a side     tonight 7th April 6.45 p.m.
Inniskeen   V  Latton
Carrickmacross  V  Aghabog
Corduff   V   Eire Og
Div 3 11 a side     tonight 7th April 6.45 pm
St Brigids   V    Aughnamullen
Doohamlet  V  Sean Mc Dermotts
Corduff   V  Eire Og
U14 Div 2 13 a side league     11th April 6.30pm
Aughnamullen  V  Eire Og
Inniskeen V Latton
U14 Division 3 11 a side          11th April  6.30pm
Truagh  V Aghabog
Sean Mc Dermotts V Doohamlet
U14 Division 4 11 a side           11th April  6.30pm
Killevan V  Corduff
Magheracloone  V  St Brigids

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