24 February 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan played host to Donegal Town in the Gordon West Cup Quarter final at the weekend in Rafeenan. Monaghan secured top spot in the group earlier in the season to earn a home quarter against Donegal Town, a team that knocked Monaghan’s season on the head in the first game of the league back in September by beating Monaghan 24-20 here in Rafeenan. McGregor’s men knew this would give Donegal a belief in themselves that they could turn Monaghan over again. Donegal were flying high in the league ever since. For a team that were the whipping boys of the league a few seasons back they were currently sitting in second place behind Randlestown and looking in good shape.
The lads were sore about the early season loss and were tuned in at training this past few weeks. With the previous weekends game away to Cavan cancelled Monaghan had been out on the Saturday anyway for a training session and Thursday nights training moved to Friday to accommodate some of the guys to get home from college and work, Monaghan knew they had to come out firing on all cylinders from the off in this one.
Conditions were good on Saturday afternoon, for kick off at least. a stiff breeze blowing across the field but bright and dry.
Monaghan were in receipt of the kick off and …

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