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Morrison planning to develop for Monaghan's future


 Assistant manager John Morrison

Assistant manager John Morrison

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Assistant manager John Morrison

MONAGHAN manager John Morrison is relishing the prospect of locking horns with TG4 All-Ireland champions Cork in tomorrow's Tesco Homegrown Ladies National Football League Division One fixture in Mallow.

The match-up is a repeat of last September's All-Ireland final between the counties, which League holders Cork won by just a single point.

But Monaghan, who beat Laois comprehensively last Sunday, are under new management in the form of Morrison, who has vast experience of working with men's senior inter-county teams including Armagh, Donegal, Derry, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Antrim.

Morrison revealed: "We're happy enough with the team. It's not the All-Ireland team of last year and looking at the line-up last Sunday against Laois, seven of the All-Ireland team were not there.

"Christina Reilly and Laura McEnaney are away and Eileen McKenna and Caoimhe Mohan were in Croke Park to cheer on their club Truagh (in the All-Ireland Men's Intermediate Club Championship Final.)

"Eileen McElroy is also involved with UCD in the Ashbourne cup this weekend and that's important to her too."

Morrison has also thanked Cork for agreeing to change the throw-in time for next Sunday's game.

It was originally due to start at 2pm but will now go ahead at 12.30pm.

Morrison added: "Cork are the best team in Ireland and they're on home ground. I'm looking forward to this game, I'm excited.

"I'm happy enough with the way the team is.

"I discovered from last year that very few players were used and you're not going to develop for the future if you're not going to use players.

"So our philosophy is 'win, learn' but our main priority is the All-Ireland."

Elsewhere in Division One of the Tesco Homegrown Ladies NFL next Sunday, Mayo host Dublin, Donegal are at home to Tyrone in the Ulster derby and Munster champions Kerry entertain Laois.

Belfast Telegraph