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Minor Ladies Seek Ulster Title

Wednesday 13.05.2015
Team Talk Mag
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All those involved in Tyrone Ladies GAA will focus their attentions on the Ulster Minor football final this Saturday as Tyrone face the massive challenge of taking on Cavan at Magheracloone. On the back of the Under 16s Ulster A title last week confidence is high in the Tyrone camp that they can once again claim the Ulster minor crown

Tyrone face a Cavan side that are really buzzing now. Ladies football in the county has been undergoing considerable expansion in recent years. After success at several underage grades and with the senior footballers having an impressive national league campaign there’s a sense of expectation within the county. The team has shown that with some very good performances in group one of the championship round robin series.

In games against Derry, Armagh and Monaghan Cavan racked up 17-42 conceding just 3-23. Judging by their scoring returns alone it would appear their forwards are a potent force.
Tyrone have only played two competitive ties in this year’s competition after Down withdrew from Group two. The Red Hands beat Donegal and racked up a big score against Antrim but will be well aware that Cavan will provide the Tyrone defence with a stern examination.

Captain Laura Kane is the side’s goalkeeper but brings to the table six years of county experience having played at under 14 and 16 grades. She has only been beaten three times in the campaign as her own forwards have amassed an impressive 12-22,  7-7 from talisman full forward Ellen McGowan  in her first year in inter county football. The Urney player has certainly impressed this term while Dearbhala Mc Donald and Aimee Coyle have also been among the scores.
The Tyrone squad, under the guidance of Strabane pair Martin Conway and Dessie Friel include 29 players from 16 clubs with Loreto Omagh and St Ciaran’s Ballygawley also well represented. They have worked hard as a unit in the build up to Saturday’s trip to Magheracloone for what Conway expects will be a stern test for this group of players
“ We are under no illusion that Cavan will be very tough. We know we have the ability in our own squad and we take heart from the success of the 16s last week with their championship win over Monaghan. We have a good squad. Eighteen of them will be available next year again so while we have experience in some quarters there’s an air of the unknown for others.  We are delighted to be in a position to challenge for the Ulster Minor title ”

Tyrone Minor Ladies Ulster “A” Final 2015
Laura Kane (Capt) (An Ghailbaile); Aoife McConnell (Gleann Eallaigh); Rebecca Coyle, Caoleann Conway (Sperrin Og); Emma Brennan, Louise McCarney (Tri Leac); Cailin McCann, Emma Quinn, Shannon Monaghan, Meabh Hamill, Aine Hamill (Errigal Ciaran); Sasha Byrne, Megan McMenamin, Aimee Coyle (Achaid Airain); Sinead Donnelly, Chloe Corr (Oilean a Ghuail); Meabh Mallon (Aodh Ruadh); Dearbhalá McDonald (Both Domhnaigh); Ellen McGowan (An Urnai); Clare McGread, Eva McCaul (Droim Rath); Ciara McNamee (An Bearach); Meabh McRory, Ciara Colton (Naomh Damhnat); Breona Colton, Orla McNamee (Naomh Eanna); Slaine McCarroll (Naomh Mhíc Airtain); Naomh Barr, Racheda Kelly (Eoghain Rua Ui Neill)
Management: Martin Conway & Desi Friel (An Srath Ban)

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