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It's a whole new ball game for McGonigle and Morrison

By John Campbell

Two former high-profile Ulster football personalities find themselves immersed in a push for honours in a different code today.

Ex-Derry ace Gregory McGonigle is in charge of the Dublin team that will face Kerry in the All-Ireland ladies football quarter-finals while former Armagh, Antrim, Derry, Mayo and Leitrim mentor John Morrison will oversee Monaghan's efforts to get past Galway in the same competition.

McGonigle, who took over the Dublin reins at the end of last year having guided Monaghan to three successive Ulster titles, has been tasked with bringing an All-Ireland crown to the Dubs and today's match against the Kingdom represents a massive hurdle.

A third Leinster title has not been sufficient to quench Dublin's desire for glory and McGonigle's tactical skills will certainly come under the microscope today.

He will look to key forwards Lindsay Peat, Lyndsay Davey and Sinead Aherne to fire his side's effort while Bernie Breen and Emma Sherwood, along with the fit-again Louise Ní Muircheartaigh, can underpin Kerry's attempt to advance.

Morrison, meanwhile, is wary of the challenge that his Monaghan outfit will encounter against a Galway team that has been knocking at the door for some time without quite managing to cross the threshold.

Galway will be powered by Nicola Ward, Louise Ward and Olivia Divilly but Monaghan have two of the best forwards in the country in Cathriona McConnell and Niamh Kindlon.

Their side is also bolstered by a strong ration of experience with Linda Martin, Ciara McAnespie, Grainne McNally, Sharon Courtney and Aoife McAnespie well capable of rising to the occasion.

In the All-Ireland ladies intermediate football semi-finals, Fermanagh face a difficult task against Waterford. The Ernesiders have looked impressive to date.

In the All-Ireland junior semi-finals, Derry will take on New York while Louth will face Wexford. Derry know they are up against it as New York reached the final three years ago.

Down face a stiff assignment against Roscommon in the All-Ireland Premier Junior camogie semi-final today. The Mourne side showed impressive form in the round robin series and Lisa McCrickard, Niamh Mallon, Catherine McGourty and Sarah Louise Carr will underpin their side.

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