July 26th ‘11
Monaghan Snatch victory over Wicklow
Monaghan 2 -9
Wicklow 0 – 13
Monaghan should have been jumping for joy when the full time whistle sounded on Sunday last in picturesque Avondale, Co. Wicklow but instead they were in sombre mood since a win was their only lifeline to progress for a placing in this years Maire Ni Chinneide All Ireland , until the referee was beckoned on to reveal the score.
Monaghan trailed on different occasions and it was thought at first Wicklow had the match sewn up following a skirmish in the Wicklow goals, half way through the second half when through poor refereeing the Monaghan contingent were left in limbo as to the outcome when not a flag was raised after the ball had crossed the line, but all was not lost at the finish, when to their amazement the referee had allowed the goal and Monaghan were home and dry!
With a poor performance against Kildare on the previous Sunday Monaghan had to move up a gear in this match, and they did just that in the first quarter ! With only 2 minutes on the clock Marie Greenan got Monaghan’ first score from play and were unfortunate for scores on several occasions when Michele Morgan lobbed long balls into the Wicklow goalie’s hand. However Wicklow responded when Teresa Keough converted a ’45 following one of Roisin Mc. Kenna’s brilliant saves.
Points were swapped when Donna Mc. Kenna , Monaghan and Teresa Keough , Wicklow got one apiece on the 10th and 12th minute and Marie Greenan sent one over 3 minutes later, however Wicklow took control at this stage and scored 5 points in as many minutes without reply. Mary Meehan commanded well in defence and in the 27th minute Marie Greenan again converted a free to leave Monaghan trailing 0- 7 to 0 -4 at the interval.
Wicklow again got off to a good start and it wasn’t long till they stretched the deficit when Mary Whelan and Amanda Watters got points from play. Monaghan’s Isobel Kieran and Marie Greenan again replied with points each before Catherine Tomany gave a good pass into Marie Greenan who rattled the net to leave the sides even.Then came the controversial goal for Monaghan which Mairead Mc. Carron sent into Siobhan Mc. Kenna who in turn connected
Both teams again swapped a medley of points in a match which could have gone either way, but on this occasion Monaghan were victorious. Manager Malachy Treanor was relieved at the outcome and with Wicklow and Monaghan now on level points , he looks forward to meeting Meath next Sunday in a home match for Monaghan.
“The Louth League Cup was presented to the Inniskeen ladies last Friday night in Pairc Gratton. After long discussions, the Louth County board awarded the cup to the Inniskeen Camogie team. Congratulations to the girls and a big thank you to the whole management team. Lets hope its not the last piece of silverwear for the team this year. Speaking of silverwear, the team will tog out against Clontibret in the next round of the league on Tuesady night, 26th July. Inniskeen will be hoping for a win in this game to keep them in the running to defend the Monaghan County League cup they won last year!”
The much anticipated U-14 Louth final, against St. Kevin’s, has been re-fixed for this Sunday (July 31st) at 12.30. At the time of going to press no venue has been confirmed but parents will be notified as soon as possible. We wish the girls well in what will be a tough encounter. Of course the date is very significant for one team member in particular – Hannah McSkeane – who celebrates her 13th birthday! Let’s hope you remember the day for all the right reasons, Hannah!
A sizeable number of our senior players will also be in action on Sunday afternoon when Monaghan take on Meath in the Máire Ní Chinnéide Junior ‘B’ championship. Following last Sunday’s hard-earned victory against Wicklow, in Avondale, the girls will be hoping to reach the same level of performance. Best wishes to the team and particularly Shauna Finnegan (Vice-captain), Aideen Greene, Karen Boyle, Marie Greenan, Aisling Greenan, Michaela McGinn, Nicola Morgan, Michelle Morgan, Hannah Tedore and Eleanor McQuaid. Unfortunately two players who played an important part in last Sunday’s win will be unavoidably absent – Joanne McSkane and Catherine Tomany.
On Wednesday last our seniors had a comfortable win over Derrynoose in the Armagh League Premier Division – 3-9 to 1-3. On Tuesday of this week we played Inniskeen in ‘Jack’s Bar’ Monaghan League. Match result next week. Next Wednesday we play Graenmore in the Armagh League Premier Division.
Finally, congratulations to Sinéad Madden, Mum to Emily – and her 3 little brothers! – who was among the prize-winners in the recent Muckno Mania Triathlon. With 4 little Maddens in tow, finding time to train… and support our U-14 camogie team… and a plethora of football and swimming events, cannot be an easy task. Well done Sinéad, on your sporting achievements.
Seniors: Training continues tomorrow at 7.30pm and on Monday at 7.30pm. We played blayney on Tuesday in the league, results in next weeks notes. Our next game is not until the 9th of September when we take on Inniskeen.
Juveniles: Juvenile training on Saturday at 11am. Orla, Deirdre and Catherine Sherry are on duty this week. New players are very welcome.
Lucky Square: Congratulations to Sheila Treanor who was last weeks winner of the lucky square. Could anyone that owes for the lucky square please see Majella. Thank you to all who support.
Hoodies: Could anyone who has not collected their hoodies please see Eilish as soon as possible.