Ulster Is Still The Ultimate Goal Says Trappe

7 January 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Kevin Carney
The changing of the guard at county management level in the dregs of 2010 will not dilute the hunger and the ability of the Monaghan senior footballers to challenge for honours in 2011.
That’s the view of erstwhile county selector Adrian Trappe ahead of the commencement of action in the Dr. McKenna Cup this weekend.
Trappe was part of Seamus McEnaney’s management team for four years until the much-publicised exit from the stage of the Corduff man’s think-tank last Autumn.
With just days to go before Eamonn McEneaney’s charges make their competitive bow against Derry this Sunday, January 9th, in Celtic Park, long-time county mentor Trappe has given the thumbs up to the current squad to give it a lash this year:
“There’s a new management team in place now and there’ll be new voices in the dressing-room and we’ll have to see what comes from the change.
“New people will be addressing the players and it’ll be interesting see how things go but I’d be confident Eamonn McEneaney and his backroom team will see that the players still have the hunger to succeed and will again show the ability that was evident so often over the past six years or so.
“I’m sure everyone’s goal will be the winning of the Ulster title. That was the goal of the previous management team and nothing will have changed in that regard.”
Like every other gael in Monaghan, Trappe is desperate to see the Oriel reach the Elysian Field next July.
While eschewing the invitation to predict whether or not McEneaney and co. can work the oracle this year, the
Monaghan Harps clubman expresses the view that Tyrone will once more be the team to beat in Ulster.
“In my view Tyrone will again be the clear favourites to win the provincial title and it’ll be very difficult for any team to upset the odds.
“Monaghan won’t be far away and even though Down did very well to get to the all-Ireland final, I think Tyrone is the team all of them have to beat if they’re to claim the Anglo-Celt Cup.”
Trappe reflects on Monaghan’s travails in 2010 with an understandably heavy heart. Only the county’s retention of its NFL Division One status brought any solace last year.
He firmly believes that Monaghan retained their position in the top flight “on merit” and is convinced the team could even have edged its way onto higher climes but for slip-ups to Galway and Mayo in games that “we could have won.”

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