13 January 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

St Mary’s manager Paddy Tally possibly summed it up best when he said that the McKenna Cup particularly in the opening game was about performance more than anything else. His Monaghan counterpart agreed with that and was pleased that his side got off to a winning start this year as opposed to a very disappointing opening in 2011. Carl O’Connell Tyholland, Tommy O’Neill, Ballybay and Ciaran Daly, Donaghmoyne had their first senior inter county outing on Sunday last while James Bellew, Emyvale, Ronan McNally, Tyholland, and David Millar, Drumhowan, were all introduced as both sides emptied their benches.
Monaghan keeper Mark Keogh did everything that was asked of him and dealt capably with anything that came his way both in the air and on the ground. Darren Hughes and Vincent Corey anchored the Monaghan defence from the central defensive positions to marked effect and were often the catalysts for exciting counter-attacks with their pace and ball carrying ability stretching St Mary’s although possibly not reaping the dividend that it could have. Conor Galligan worked hard, Dermot Malone certainly looks the part of the corner back and Carl O’Connell as well as Tommy O’Neill were both seen to good effect.
Midfield was a problem area for Monaghan especially in the first half but when Shane Smyth moved out to that area in the second-half and Paul Finlay moved in to full forward Monaghan had a whole new momentum about them.
Full report in The Northern Standard

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