Mervue pay the penalty as the Mons march on

5 August 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan Utd. 4

(Bermingham pen 34; McCrossan, 52, 61; Hanaphy 72)

Mervue United 0

Monaghan United maintained their formidable consistency at Gortakeegan on Friday night by exploiting Mervue United’s loss of their goalkeeper Ger Hanley to a red card with an hour to play with an irrepressible performance that never threatened to let their depleted opponents off the hook, writes Peter Hughes.

The inequality in numbers might cast some shadow over the margin of the Mons’ victory, but the home side were moving smoothly into control of the game at that point and I suspect the end result might not have been too dissimilar even if Hanley had been treated more leniently by referee Conor Fitzgerald for his mistimed rather than malicious challenge on clean-through Philly Hughes after 32 minutes.

Karl Bermingham blasted home the penalty, and a second half brace from Stephen McCrossan – one a bundle home, the other a stellar strike – plus a graceful goal from substitute Darragh Hanaphy completed the scoring.

How the victory margin wasn’t considerably more, only Tommy Walsh will know – and I suspect that even he isn’t too sure.

Like the Mons of late, Mervue didn’t have a replacement ‘keeper on the bench and so right-back Walsh, handed a voluminous jersey about three sizes too big for him, was passed the poisoned chalice. But the reluctant custodian emerged as an unlikely hero of the game, at least for those who like to root for the underdog, making a string of saves that occasionally owed more to the prayer book than the goalkeeping manual.

Full report in this weeks Northern Standard

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