Monagea ladies bid for Munster glory

Eimear Ryan (L) and Deborah Murphy (R) battle for possession in the 2019 Limerick Ladies Football Senior Final between St Ailbes and Monagea. Credit: Sport Action Photography

MONAGEA have been installed as slight favourites to account for Mullinahone of Tipperary in this Sunday’s Munster Ladies Gaelic Football Intermediate Championship Final in Mallow (throw-in 11am).

The four-time county champions, under the management of Martin O’Sullivan, have accounted for both Dr Crokes of Kerry and Clare’s Lissycasey in their provincial campaign.

“It’s a big challenge, we are delighted to have it, it’s a privilege to be in a final,” commented Monagea selector Michael Quilligan.

He added: “We hadn’t Munster in our sights at the start of the year. We just concentrated on Limerick and after a really tough championship, against some very good teams, we managed to come through”.

“After Limerick, to win two away matches in the Munster championship has been great, and we’re delighted with how far it has brought us in 2022.”

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Monagea, captained by Yvonne Lee, have some quality players in Catriona Davis, Deborah Murphy, Karen O’Leary, and Ellie Woulfe, amongst many others.

First-time winners in Limerick, Oola, will meet Naomh Abán of Cork in the Munster Junior Final in Mallow this Saturday (5pm).

Managed by former county goalkeeper Richard Bowles, Oola are captained by Amy Ryan. The side also includes plenty of experience through the likes of Keren O’Dwyer, Siobhán Moloney, Kathleen Fitzgibbon, and Leah Coughlan.