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Ladies' NFL preview: Monaghan look to turn the tide

Updated: Friday, 19 Feb 2016 15:23 | Comments

Monaghan's Grainne McNally
Monaghan's Grainne McNally

LIDL LADIES' NFL DIVISION 1

Monaghan v Armagh, 2.00pm, [J Niland]

Monaghan have had a difficult start to the league, falling to two defeats in their opening two matches.

They played well against Galway in their first game but were taken apart by a rampant Dublin team last weekend, shipping five goals in a 5-18 to 0-6 loss.

Ominously for the Farney women, Armagh have taken to life in Division 1 with the greatest of ease. The Orchard were comprehensive winners over both Tyrone and Kerry in their two matches to date but they will be taking nothing for granted against a Monaghan team that have been their biggest rivals in recent years.

Monaghan have not yet recovered from the pain of losing several of their highest profile stars and it will take time for the new players to settle in to first-team action.

The bruising defeat to Dublin will have had a huge effect on their fragile confidence so they will need a big performance this weekend.

Armagh are really flying though, and a third win in a row under their new boss, Ronan Clarke, will guarantee their place in Division 1 and push them towards the play-off places.

Tyrone v Galway, 2.00pm, [G Corrigan]

Tyrone have really struggled in the top division to date, they have been comprehensively beaten in their opening two fixtures and it doesn’t get any better when they welcome one of the title favourites, Galway, to Tyrone this weekend.

Galway will still be reeling from their last minute defeat at the hands of their great rivals, Mayo last weekend. They will be grateful to have this match so soon to allow them to rebuild their confidence against a Tyrone team that appear to be relegation favourites.

Galway will need to record a comprehensive win with some really tough fixtures ahead and anything short of a big win will be seen as a failure. However, this is a perfect situation for Tyrone. Nothing is expected from Tyrone who have some extremely talented players in their ranks that will be determined to put things right starting this weekend. Being underdogs will suit this Tyrone side who might see this as the perfect opportunity to spring a surprise on one of the big guns and really kick start their season.

LIDL LADIES' NFL DIVISION 3       

Fermanagh v Waterford, 2.00pm, Bawnacre Irvinestown, [G Chapman]  

Fermanagh need to claim a win in this fixture or they will be looking at a relegation battle for the rest of this campaign.

Waterford are in a rich vein of form having won all of their fixtures to date. The Deise haven't been spectacular but they've been dug out the wins they need so this will be a tight encounter. Fermanagh will hope to edge it but if they do it will be against the odds.

LIDL LADIES' NFL DIVISION 4 

Limerick v Carlow, 2.00pm, Stalker Wallace, [S Shanagher]

Limerick got the show back on the road in spectacular fashion as they easily handled Louth and it should be a similar result when they meet a young and inexperienced Carlow side this weekend.

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