Dublin manager Gregory McGonigle has accepted responsibility for Monaghan’s 2011 and 2013 TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship final defeats.
In a frank and startling admission, Derry native McGonigle believes that he “cost” the Farney County a first Brendan Martin Cup success since 1997.
Monaghan lost by two points against Cork in 2011 and by just one point at Croke Park against the Leesiders in last year’s decider.
But McGonigle, preparing to face Monaghan for the first time as Dublin manager in next Sunday’s rearranged National Football League fixture, says that he was to blame.
McGonigle reflected: “I cost Monaghan an All-Ireland by not making switches at the right times.
“But I’m glad that Monaghan have the chance to put things right and I rate them as the number one contenders for the All-Ireland.
“John Morrison is a better and more experienced manager than me and I know how highly he was thought of when he worked with the Derry men’s team.
“Monaghan have won 22 of their last 25 League matches so that suggests that they lose just one game a season.
“And they have household names such as Amanda Casey, Sharon Courtney, Caoimhe Mohan and Niamh Kindlon.
“A player of Caoimhe’s quality would be as well known in the county as Kieran Hughes or Conor McManus.”
"I rate them as the number one contenders for the All-Ireland"
Monaghan and Dublin will put their unbeaten records in 2014 on the line when they lock horns in Sunday’s sole Division 1 clash, with both sides having won their opening two fixtures.
Dublin travel to Inniskeen for a 2.45pm start as Monaghan’s ladies have a weekend social engagement and requested some extra time to prepare on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the clash between Kerry and Laois has been put back until 26 March, following agreement between the two counties.
Laois manager Dessie Cooney explained: “Timahoe are playing in the Páidí Ó’Sé tournament and we have nine players gone on that, plus six heading to Crossmaglen to play in a tournament up there.
“They had that pre-booked and money paid so we have refixed for Wednesday, 26 March.
“We’re going to play it in the evening time under lights down in Kerry.
“The other dates available were clashing with the forthcoming All Star tour to Hong Kong – six Kerry girls and their manager William O’Sullivan are going on that and the 23rd (March) is the day after the O’Connor Cup final.”
There’s one fixture in Division 2 as Kildare look to get off the mark at home to a Galway side looking to preserve their 100 per cent start.
And in Division 3, Armagh host Longford at Abbey Grammar School while Leitrim make the trip to Cloghan to take on Offaly.