MONAGHAN'S 1ST XV IN GORDON WEST CUP FINAL

16 March 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan earned a place in the final of the Gordon West Cup in Ravenhill on the 14th of April after an epic semi final battle with Lurgan in Lurgan at the weekend.
Monaghan were away to Donegal town in the league and were beaten 23-14 last week and were under no illusion about the task ahead in this semi. Lurgan had beaten Monaghan quite well in a league game just before Christmas.
Monaghan had their share of issues before this match with their Outhalf Steve Lamb out due to other commitments and players struggling to get to training during the week due to one reason or another but there was a sense that game was there for the taking and the most hungry team would take the royalties.
Conditions were OK, dry under foot and warm but a strong wind blowing straight down the field.
Monaghan lost the toss and Lurgan chose to play with the wind on their backs in the first.
The game kicked off and Monaghan were put under the cosh from the off. Lurgan came out of the blocks at a 100 mile an hour, punching holes up the midfield and putting Monaghan’s defence on the back foot. Monaghan were very lucky not to be 7-0 down after 5 mins when Lurgan were called back for a forward pass. Monaghan were in a match now and needed to wake up. Both teams exchanged blows for the next quarter but it was Monaghan that were gaining the momentum. Lurgan’s indiscipline cost them 3 penalty’s in a row to allow …

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