30 March 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan Utd 2
Fanad United 1
When you want a job done, send one of your own to do it – that could have been the motto at Gortakeegan on Monday night when the second and decisive of two injury time goals that turned this EA Sports Cup fixture dramatically in Monaghan United’s favour was nabbed by Rod Collins, son of United boss Roddy.
Trailing to Eunan Kelly’s well-struck first half effort, United, fielding an experimental side, looked set for an embarrassing early exit from the competition in which they had gone all the way to the final two seasons ago.
Although the junior partner of Irish senior football’s silverware is traditionally the cup contest in which Premier Division sides, in the early rounds at least, utilise to examine the depth of their playing squads, the Mons’ need for a confidence boost after a winless start to their return to the top flight suggested that boss Collins’ adherence to this policy was one fraught with a certain risk.
And so it proved in the early stages when the visitors looked the more cohesive – and capable – side.
Indeed Fanad would have taken a deserved lead earlier than they did had Christy Connigan, who had already negotiated a path …

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