22 June 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan manager Eamonn McEneaney is confident that if Monaghan produces the football they are capable of they can advance to the Ulster Final. by JOHN GRAHAM
Preparations have gone well and a number of injury worries have cleared up, all of which strengthens Eamonn McEneaney’s hand as he approaches Sunday’s Ulster Semi Final but he agreed immediately that Down would be a totally different proposition than Antrim and that Monaghan would have to step up their performance.
“This is an Ulster semi-final and we will have to step up our performance from our first game because that is what you need to do in the championship, you have to step up your performance game by game. We are up against Down on Sunday and they are a team that have the capacity and the facility to improve round by round so we will have to up our performance levels and match the intensity and commitment that Down will bring to Armagh on Sunday.”

Down have been campaigning in Division I of the National Football League for the last number of seasons and reached the All Ireland final two years ago while Monaghan on the other hand have dropped from division I to division 3 of the league in successive seasons. In recent years it has become more acceptable that league form is an indicator of championship potential so given the disparity in the leagues would Monaghan be going in at something of a disadvantage.
“Not necessarily, because the league can show you in terms of where you are at but it’s all down to how things go at any given time. You can have a good league and a poor championship and I’ve seen that, and at the same time you can have a disappointing league and then manufacture a good championship run. The league is over now so preparation for the championship is what it’s about now. It’s not all about league status because …

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