Tyrone Look to End Monaghan Unbeaten Record

Laois v Tyrone - TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final


TYRONE’S joint manager Brian McGee is confident that the Red Hands can avoid the drop from Division 1 of the Tesco Homegrown Ladies National Football League.

Tyrone finally collected their first points of the campaign with a crucial victory against Donegal in a massive relegation six-pointer last Sunday week.

But the 2010 All-Ireland finalists, who have struggled in the last few seasons, face a difficult task next Sunday against table-toppers Monaghan, who are unbeaten after three games.

And with Dublin and All-Ireland champions Cork also looming large on the horizon for Tyrone, a positive performance against John Morrison’s would further boost confidence levels.

McGee said: “We showed spirit against Donegal and we want to stay up.

“We are determined but we know there is a tough task ahead.

“However, there has been a constant improvement in the girls and we are looking forward to the visit of Monaghan.”

Tyrone beat University of Ulster Jordanstown in a useful workout last week and while Gemma Begley grabbed the headlines with a haul of 4-2 against Donegal, Emma Hegarty, Christiane Hunter, Cathy Donnelly and Aisling O’Kane were also on the scoresheet.

Eimear Teague, Neamh Woods and Tori McLaughlin are defensive maintstays for Tyrone but they will have their hands full with free-scoring Monaghan forwards Caitriona McConnell, Niamh Kindlon and All Star Caoimhe Mohan.

Monaghan goalkeeper Linda Martin is rated as an injury concern with a dead leg and Laura Boylan is also a doubt. It is understood that Tyrone will not make too many changes from the Donegal game but a number of players with long-term injury problems are still some way from full fitness.

As Ulster rivals Monaghan and Tyrone prepare to go head to head, there’s another big derby in the South as Munster heavyweights Kerry and Cork square up in Dingle.

Elsewhere, Dublin will look to pile further relegation worries on Donegal when they visit the north west.

And Mayo will hope to strengthen their position in the top four against a Laois side that has won one and lost one of their opening two games.


TESCO Homegrown National Football League Fixtures 

All fixtures to be played on Sunday, March 2nd unless otherwise stated

TESCO Homegrown NFL Division 1

Kerry v Cork

Páirc an Aghasaigh

2pm (K Delahunty)

Tyrone v Monaghan

Venue TBC

2pm (E. O’Hare)

Donegal v Dublin


2pm (G. Chapman)

Mayo v Laois


2pm (P.J Rabbitte)

TESCO Homegrown NFL Round 2

Westmeath v Meath

St. Loman’s, Mullingar

2pm (M. Farrelly)

Cavan v Down

Breffni Park,

2pm (G. Carmody)

Clare v Galway

Venue TBC

2pm (J. Mullins)

Fermanagh v Kildare


2pm (J. Niland)

TESCO Homegrown NFL Round 3

Longford v Waterford


2pm (P. Fahy)

Tipperary v Sligo


2pm (S. Mulvihill)

Wexford v Leitrim


2pm (J. Murphy)

Armagh v Offaly


2pm (P. Swift)

TESCO Homegrown NFL Round 4

Derry v Limerick

Watty Graham Park

2pm (B. McCallion)

Louth v Wicklow


2pm (C. Dourneen)

Roscommon v Antrim


2pm (K. Corcoran)

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