Mons hope fan power can provide promotion push propulsion!

1 October 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Their fascinating flirtation with cup football now behind them – no silverware, admittedly, but plenty of tension and thrills along the way – Monaghan United now turn their attention to the serious business of winning promotion from the Airtricity League First Division.

Friday night’s Gortakeegan clash with Waterford United is the first of a half-dozen fixtures to be played out in the month ahead that will shape the destiny of senior soccer in Monaghan.

When the second-placed Blues of Monaghan take to the field against the third-placed Blues of Waterford tomorrow evening (kick-off 8 p.m.) set in train will be a frenetic dash to the finish line which concludes for the Mons with a final day home game with current league leaders Derry City on Saturday, October 30.

In between the Mons must meet Limerick at home and Cork City Foras Co-op away as well as visit Salthill Devon and Mervue United.

The pure mathematics of it all is deceptively simple.  Six wins for Monaghan and they will ascend to the top tier of Irish soccer as champions of the division.

But maths doesn’t apply neatly to the determination of sporting contests.  There is no formula or equation for the many X factors that can manifest themselves in the fraught final weeks of a season, when a freak goal scored or conceded, an unforeseen injury at the wrong time or a refereeing eccentricity can assume make-or-break significance.

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