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Mayo ladies aim to return to winning ways

Updated: Thursday, 07 Aug 2014 15:31 | Comments

Cora Staunton will again carry much of Mayo's attacking threat
Cora Staunton will again carry much of Mayo's attacking threat

TG4 Senior Football Championship Round 2 Qualifiers

Mayo v Westmeath
Mayo will be hoping to put memories of their third Connacht Final defeat in a row to Galway behind them when they meet Westmeath in their first competitive fixture since that provincial decider.

Mayo will as always rely heavily on the incredible Cora Staunton for their scores but in Fiona McHale and Claire Egan they also posess a midfield that is capable of dominating posession. International soccer star, Sarah Rowe, may be available this weekend who along with Deridre Doherty and Aileen Gilroy will be more than capable of running up big scores.

Wesmeath exorcised their memories of a hammering at the hands of Dublin with a hard fought victory over Clare in Round 1. They will undoubtedly be underdogs against this Connacht side but this could well be a situation that very much suits Martin Flanagan’s side.

Midfield will again be the key battleground where Johanna Maher, Ruth Kearney and the high scoring Maud Annie Foley will all play a part as they try to get enough ball into Fiona Claffey around the danger area.

Cavan v Laois
Cavan surprised many with their Round 1 victory over Meath but they have been developing well over recent years and have loads of potential.

They have again progressed well since their TG4 Intermediate All-Ireland victory last September and have a defence that is well marshalled by Gráinne McGlade with the excellent Caron Fay minding the net behind her.

Claragh O’Reilly starred in the last round and will take plenty of watching again as will Geraldine Sheridan and Ailish Cornyn.

Laois suffered a horrendous defeat at the hands of Dublin in the Leinster Final and much will depend on how well they have recovered from that mauling.

They will look to Tracey Lawlor for inspiration but she will need help from players like Maggie Murphy and their excellent goal keeper, Ciamh Dollard, to avoid suffering a surprise defeat.

Monaghan v Tryone
This is very much a case of two teams that are badly in need of a victory to get their seasons on track. Tyrone enjoyed a good voctory over Kildare in the previous round but that was a fixture that they were very much expected to win.

In Gemma Begley they do posess a real star player and with players like Neamh Woods and Tori McLaughlin operating in defence they do have players that can do a job on the much vaunted Monaghan attack.

Monaghan reached last year’s All Ireland Final but since then their management has changed with John Morrisson taking over and the squad has gone through something of a transition period culminating in Ulster Final defeat at the hands of Armagh.

However, there has been time for the squad to regroup and redouble their efforts since and this could be bad news for Tyrone.

The talent available to Morrisson is the envy of most other counties including the likes of the McNally sisters, the Courtney sisters, Amanda Casey, the McAnespie twins, Niamh Kindlon and Cathriona McConnell. If Monaghan do rediscover their form it could yet be a long Summer ahead.

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