Monkstown ladies storm to Div 7 title

Monkstown Ladies have won their league for the third season in-a-row and remain unbeaten in the leagues since rejoining the ranks, this time taking Division 7 by storm.

Roy Horsfield took the coaching reins from Chris Beere who had done a great job for the previous two years, bringing many years of experience and increased the commitment within the squad that is required to progress through the leagues.

His side won Division 7 with three matches to spare and have a cup final to come on April 10 against Railway Union.

They completed the title with a 2-0 midweek win over Old Alex was a tough 3-2 away day victory early in March at Tullamore which put them well and truly in the driving position.

They reached the quarter finals of the Irish Challenge Cup, in which they were defeated by Dungarvan away on grit, who went on to be finalists in the competition.

The team is built on a solid defense where Claire Hearnden has been outstanding at right back, with her pace and skill she commands our own half and attacks well down the flank.

Before joining Monkstown, she was captain of Trinity 1s so has brought a wealth of experience to a very young team.

Helen Taaffe (the Ladies club captain) and corner-striker Aileen Kiely also strong in defense while contributing a number of goals.

Captain Sarah Lovett (ex UCD) and Courtney Watkins (of the famous Monkstown family) have controlled midfield while, up front, Fiodhna Burke, Vicky Taylor, Katie Hutch and Laura Maher have been banging in the goals.

The team has had a number of goalies this season as the regular goalie has had availability issues with work.

Outside of the first team, Monkstown ladies have developed a Fillies section at U-12 and U-14 levels and are expecting the programme will be expanded to include other age groups in the coming season.

The hope is to further add to the adult section with the club currently fielding two teams, the second team currently competing well in division 13.

Monkstown ladies 1st squad: Evie Larkin, Claire Hearnden, Helen Taaffe, Sophie Gamble, Elaine Hughes, Aileen Kealy, Fiodhna Burke, Sarah Lovett, Courtney Watkins, Marie Hynes, Vicky Taylor, Katie Hutch, Laura Maher, Klara Schuster, Suzie Murray

** Thanks to David Varian for the details

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