Mons give fans reasons to believe with Cork victory

22 July 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A deftly executed goal by the impressive Philly Hughes in the 31st minute established another major platform in Monaghan United’s promotion bid at Gortakeegan on Friday night, the score being enough to account for a talented Cork City Foras Co-op side in what proved a tense and absorbing encounter, writes Peter Hughes.

There is a sense of growing conviction about the Mons that they can prevail over their First Division rivals and make it to the top tier of Irish football. And that confidence, articulated in admirable style on the pitch, also appears to be communicating itself to some degree to the local sporting public, who were out in considerably more numbers than usual to watch Friday’s duel with the Corkmen.

City might have embarked on their long journey homewards nursing a sense of grievance that their share of the play didn’t yield at least a point. Comfortable in possession, Cork gave Mick Cooke’s men a lot to think about in the second half but United defended with a concentration level that ensured that Gabriel Sava in goals was only intermittently called into action. United also had some good chances themselves late on to put a more emphatic sheen on the scoreline.

Full report in this week’s Northern Standard

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