11 May 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard


Monaghan and Armagh served up a very entertaining and well contested challenge match in Oram on Sunday evening last as both sides begin to put the final touches to their championship preparations.
On the day Armagh shaded the result by a single point, a point from a free by Stefan Forker in the final minutes and while Monaghan would have been a little disappointed at losing they had greater cause for concern when Owen Lennon had to be carried off the field some five minutes into the second-half when he came down awkwardly on his right ankle and was in some distress.
Both managers, Eamonn McEneaney and Paddy O’Rourke also used the occasion to give a run to most members of their panels and they also introduced a number of players who were new to senior county team action.
The game also marked the competitive return of Conor McManus although he was substituted during the second-half as a precaution. By that stage he had scored five points and underlined the loss he was to Monaghan during the National Football League.
The Monaghan team was captained on the day by Oram goalkeeper Berat Turker who came in as a substitute for the last 10 minutes and acquitted himself well with one great catch on the crossbar and a couple of excellent clearances.
Former Donaghmoyne player John Kingham lined out at full forward for Armagh and caused Monaghan quite a few problems with his aerial ability and he picked off two excellent points from play.

Cracking pace
Played at a cracking pace throughout the game produced some fine passages of play although there were mistakes and Monaghan did miss a number of chances particularly in the second-half that could have seen them reverse the result. That said though it was a very worthwhile work out save for the injury to Owen Lennon and Eamonn McEneaney will also have been pleased …

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