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Monaghan ladies retain senior status

Jul 24, 2021 22:07 By Dave Hooper
Monaghan ladies retain senior status Monaghan ladies retain senior status
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Ciara McAnespie fires Monaghan home to senior status

A dramatic Ciara McAnespie goal saw Monaghan complete an astonishing comeback which allowed the Monaghan Ladies to retain senior status for 2022.  Monaghan's vitory condemn neighbor's Cavan to a relegation play-off.

Cavan looked to be safe when they led by five points going into the closing stages.  However they got caught by a superb rally from Monaghan.  The Cavan Ladies must now regroup for a relegation semi-final against Tyrone.

Both sides were out of contention for a quarter-final place in the TG4 All-Ireland SFC title race prior to this clash. With so much at stake, it was a rip-roaring contest from the outset. Cavan led at the first water break by double scores 0-6 to 0-3. Lauren McVeety landed two fine points while Aisling Gilsenan converted three frees.

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Cavan were dealt a blow when Aisling Sheridan was sin-binned after 19 minutes. Six minutes later, full-back Shauna Lynch followed her. However, Monaghan were wasteful in front of goal with the numerical advantage and only had added a Laura McEnaney point.

Sheridan made an immediate impact when she returned with a point while Gilsenan also rattled the crossbar as Cavan stretched their lead at the break 0-9 to 0-4.

A brace from the excellent McEnaney and one from Ellen McCarron reduced the deficit to three before Cora Courtney was sin-binned 12 minutes into the second half. McCarron reduced it further before a fine score from Gilsenan left the Breffni side three clear at the second water break.

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McCarron cut the gap further but McVeety and the outstanding Gilsenan brought her tally to eight points opened up a five-point lead before Monaghan came with their dramatic finish.

It started with a point from McEnaney, quickly followed by two super efforts from Lauren Garland. Those 3 points got Monaghan within striking distance. Then Monaghan overturned a short kickout and McAnespie rounded the ‘keeper to fire home. Substitute Jodie McQuillan wrapped it up with a further point.

The victory makes sure Monaghan will be remaining in senior football for a remarkable 30th successive year while Cavan now must lift themselves from this defeat for a relegation clash with Tyrone.

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Monaghan: E Corrigan; R McGuigan, N Fahy, A McAnespie; J Duffy, R Courtney, E Traynor; C Courtney, M Atkinson; L McEnaney, E McCarron, L Garland; C Treanor, C McAnespie, L Jones.

Subs: M Monaghan for McGuigan (18), S Coyle for Traynor (ht), J McQuillan for Treanor (58), N Brennan for Jones (64).

Scorers: C McAnespie 1-1E McCarron 0-4 (3f), L McEnaney 0-4, L Garland 0-2, C Courtney 0-1. J McQuillan 0-1.

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Cavan: E Walsh; R Doonan, S Lynch, M Smith; S Greene, L Fitzpatrick, M Sheridan; C Dolan, N Byrd; A Kiernan, A Sheridan, L McVeety; N Keenaghan, G Sheridan, A Gilsenan.

Subs: C Finnegan for Kiernan (40), E Halton for Finnegan (56).

Scorers: A Gilsenan 0-8 (6f), L McVeety 0-3, N Keenaghan 0-1, A Sheridan 0-1, G Sheridan 0-1

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Ref - G Finnegan (Down).

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