Monaghan book an Ulster Minor Final spot

Ulster Minor Championship:
29/07/03 Monaghan v Donegal
Monaghan 2-18 Donegal 2-11

Monaghan booked a Ulster Minor Final spot with Cavan after
overcoming a very spirited Donegal side at Scotstown. Donegal
came to face the reigning champions without their regular
net minder Denise McElhinney and also had to field minus
their key player Danielle McDaid through injury.

This was a wonderful match between two well-matched sides
but in the end Monaghan had just that little more to come
out on top. It was the home side that got off to a great
start racing into a eight point advantage with some fine
points from Slainey Murray and Helen Hughes in particular.

Donegal opened their account in the 20th minutes with a
goal from Emer O’Herlihy after a mistake from Maraid
Kerr in defence. Donegal followed up with three points to
close within two before Niamh Lynch struck for Monaghan’s
first goal just before the break to go in ahead by 1-10
to 1-03.

The second half produced much of the same with some great
displays as the weather conditions worsened but the pitch
to its credit held up perfectly. Donegal as much as they
tried could not pull back their opponents with Slainey Murray
and Niamh Lynch always able to get those important scores.
Yvonne McMonagle and Sheila Campbell always looked dangerous
they could not get any closer then six points with the game
finishing up with goals apiece for Therese McNally and Sheila
Campbell. Monaghan now go forward to meet Cavan in the final
on August 7th.

Monaghan: L Martin, C Callan, F Courtney, M Kerr,
S Courtney, A Tierney, C Graham, L Hughes (0-01), C Byrne,
H Hughes (0-03), N Lynch (1-02), Therese McNally (1-02),
H Kingham (0-03), N Kerr (0-02), S Murray (0-05)
Subs: O McCarville

Donegal: D McDaid, S Crampsie, D Cassidy, M McHugh,
S Sweeney, O Carr, M Faulkner (0-01), A McDaid, A McDonald
(0-01), S Heron, Y McMonagle (0-01), D Martin, E O’Herlihy
(1-05), S Campbell (1-03), L Byrne
Subs: A Callaghan, S Faulkner

Alan Gunn (Monaghan PRO)

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