UNDERSTRENGTH MONAGHAN RUE MISSED CHANCES IN NAVAN CLASH

10 February 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Accuracy, particulary the full forward line, must improve if Kildare challenge is to be overcome. by JOHN GRAHAM
There’s no way around it; Monaghan simply kicked the points away in last Saturday’s Allianz National Football League opener against Meath in Navan. Eamon McEneaney’s charges had enough chances to win two games, but a tally of 16 wides tells its own story.
A sizable crowd made their way to Páirc Tailteann on a cold Saturday evening, which was no surprise considering the interest surrounding the match. It was Meath manager Séamus McEnaney’s first time going up against his native county and his first time pitting his wits against current Monaghan boss Eamon McEneaney. The involvement of Eamonn O’Brien, who led Meath to a Leinster title in 2010, added more intrigue to a game which didn’t need any extra spice, considering the need for both counties to get off to a winning start in the ultra-competitive Division Two.
It all started very evenly as the sides swapped points three times in the first quarter. Meath had edged ahead by the 20th minute at 0-4 to 0-3, but Monaghan edged ahead in the 22nd minute thanks to James Turley’s first goal in the county colours. The Scotstown man still had a lot of work to do when he took a pass from Mark Downey just inside the Meath ’45, but he covered the ground quickly before firing in a shot which beat Meath goalkeeper David Gallagher via a deflection off the unfortunate Shane McAnarney, who would go on to make a telling impact at the other end in the second half. Monaghan’s failure to push on allowed Meath to hit back with a succession of points from Stephen Bray and Graham Reilly to go in at half-time leading by 0-10 to 1-6.
The second half saw Meath stretch the lead to four before Monaghan …

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