SCORING SPREE BREATHS NEW LIFE INTO MONAGHAN LEAGUE CAMPAIGN

16 March 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan turn on the style to chalk up two goals and twenty four points against Louth by COLM SHALVEY …
What a difference a week can make! Monaghan bounced back in some style from the Celtic Park disappointment to put Louth to the sword in Clones last Sunday and resurrect their Allianz National Football League Division Two campaign.
Monaghan scored 2-24, which was almost four times their tally in the defeat away to Derry eight days earlier and the county’s biggest total in a National League game in 20 years, just three points short of the 7-12 amassed against Sligo in 1992. It was also the highest number of points on record scored by a Monaghan senior team.
That was just one of a number of remarkable talking points from this match. Louth finished with sons of both managers on the pitch, as they introduced Eamon McEneaney’s son Jim and Peter Fitzpatrick’s son Stephen in the second half. McEneaney made a decent impact against his father’s charges, scoring two fine points. Meanwhile, Darren Hughes had the rare distinction of putting the ball past both goalkeepers.
The Monaghan captain, who was restored to centre half-back on Sunday, scored an unfortunate own goal just over a minute into the second half when a high ball in on top of the square broke off Dessie Mone and deflected off Hughes and into his own net. He atoned in the first minute of injury-time, though, when he continued his good record from the penalty spot with a confidently-taken shot into the bottom corner, which sent Louth keeper Neil Gallagher the wrong way. Gallagher had almost been embarrassed eight minutes earlier when he lost the ball near to midfield on a bizarre foray from his goals, but Monaghan sub Stephen Gollogly’s shot crashed off the crossbar and went over.
On top of all that, there was the controversy over where the game would be played, which had only been decided late on Wednesday night by the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA), who agreed with Monaghan’s appeal against the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) decision to remove home advantage from the Farney men as a result of the scuffle which took place at half-time …

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