Galway Gain Crucial Win Away to Monaghan




In the fabulous surroundings of Magheracloone’s  newly opened GAA grounds Galway and Monaghan served up a real top of the table clash in which the Galway ladies eventually came out on top. With Cork having already been defeated in Monaghan, Galway knew they would have to be at the top of their game if they were to qualify for the league semi-final’s.

Galway played with the wind in the 1st half and the game was 3 minutes old before Edel Concannon pointed to give the westerners the lead. Caoimhe Mahon equalised 4 minutes later but Galway struck the first goal of the game on 12 mins when Annette Clarke jumped highest and punched the ball to the net following a 45 from Roisin Leonard. Ciara McAnespie pulled a point back for the Ulster ladies and Tracy Leonard replied with another for Galway. On 22 mins Galway had 2 brilliant chances to finish the game as a contest when Edel Concannon struck the post and a minute later Patrica Gleeson blasted wide with the goal at her mercy but instead it was Monaghan who were back in the game on 25 mins when Cathriona McConnell scored a penalty to level up the scores again. Galway added 3 points as the half closed, 2 from Tracy Leonard and an Annette Clarke free to give them a half time lead of 2 points.

Playing against the wind in the 2nd half Galway made some positional changes with Louise Ward moving to midfield, Patrica Gleeson to full forward and Tracy Leonard to half forward and this had the desired effect as they clocked up 1-03 without reply in the opening 12 minutes. 1-01 from Concannon and a point each from Gleeson and Clarke had Galway up by 8 points, but Monaghan to their credit never gave up. 2 points from Ellen McCarron and 1 each from  Ciara McAnespie and a Cathriona McConnell free reduced the defecit to 4 and on 25 mins Galway had Johanna Connolly to thank as she produced a brilliant save from Caoimhe Mohan.

Galway closed the half with 2 points from Olivia Divilly and Lucy Hannon and came away from Monaghan with a 2-10 to 1-08 victory. With only 1 league game remaining, an away game to neighbours Mayo, manager Kevin Reidy must be confident of at least a semi-final spot.



GALWAY: JoHanna Connolly. Sarah Gormally, Emer Flaherty, Aine Seoighe , Noelle Connolly, Nicola Ward, Sinead Burke, Patrica Gleeson(0-01), Annette Clarke(1-02,2f), Barbara Hannon, Louise Ward, Ger Coneally, Roisin Leonard, Tracy Leonard(0-03), Edel Concannon(1-02).


SUBS: Olivia Divilly(0-01) for Hannon, Caitriona Cormican for Roisin Leonard, Lucy Hannon(0-01) for Concannon, Lorna Joyce for Tracy Leonard,

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