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MONAGHAN’S male footballers may be fighting
for their Division One league survival on Sunday – but today
the girls from St Louis’ Secondary School in Monaghan town
are aiming for a very different target. 

St Louis face Carlow’s St Leo’s Secondary School in
the All-Ireland senior A school’s final at St Peregrines
in Dublin today (12.30) and the Monaghan outfit are in line for
an amazing third successive title. The Farney girls have dominated
schools football over the past two years but trainer Pauline Devlin
believes they face their toughest challenge today. “St Leo’s
are very strong and they have beaten some good teams along the
way. They have a number of Laois and Carlow minors playing with
them,” she said.

St Louis’ experience at this stage will count for a lot
though and it certainly does no harm having Monaghan senior county
star Brenda McAnespie on the management team. Brenda’s daughters
– Ciara and Aoife – are both key figures on the St Louis
team. “It would be great to win the three in a row. We won
the All-Ireland back in 2000 but had to wait until 2004 to win
it again. We managed to do the double last year so it’s great
to be back in the final again,” continued Pauline.

Elsewhere in ladies football, it will be a big weekend for Dublin
in the Suzuki National Football League as they face a relegation
play-off against Tyrone. The game has been fixed for Sunday with
a venue to be confirmed. The losers will tumble out of the top
flight and be relegated to Division Two.

It will also be a busy few days for Donegal’s senior team
as they must play two league games in just three days after the
initial matches were postponed earlier in the season. They face
Meath on Friday and then host All-Ireland champions Cork on Sunday.
Cork’s dual players – including Angela Walsh –
are currently in Egypt on a team holiday with the camogie team.

Armagh also face Mayo in Division One on Sunday.



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