20 July 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan’s minor footballers will taste action in the Ulster MFC final this Sunday for the first time since 2008.
Team manager Colin McAree believes the contest with
Tyrone with go the way of the side “that wants it the most.”
Another match suffused with hope and expectation for Monaghan football fans. It’s an Ulster MFC final that sparkles with possibilities.
For the garlands on the cup to be white and blue after the dust has settled on Sunday’s undercard, Monaghan will, yet again, have to upset the odds.
For the umpteenth time, a Monaghan minor football team will go and seek out deliverance from the shackles of past disappointments which have conspired to haunt the county for more than six decades.
1945 brought the western world D-Day. This Sunday is D-Day for Monaghan’s minor footballers. Tank-like Tyrone can be guaranteed to boast a plate of armour only a succession of exocets from the Oriel’s finest will pierce.
The Red Hands have been Monaghan’s bogey team for more years than the common or garden gael in Ulster can rightly remember.
Monaghan will hope to out-biff them, wear them down this Sunday. If the Oriel can play candyfloss football, of the eye-candy variation, so beloved of the purist then that’ll be a bonus.
Amidst the vast, grey curtains of rain that have been swept across the Oriel county this year, Colin McAree’s charges have been a shining light.
They’re now among the last eight in the race to claim the Tom Markham Cup. That’s a fair feather in the cap of all belonging to the camp; players, management, parents, county board. But the feeling remains that victory this Sunday will have everyone sated this year. For now, a whole county holds its breath; praying silently that its under 18 ambassadors will show the courage and the skills to seize the day at St. Tighernach’s Park this Sunday. ‘Beir Bua’ is the clarion call from Currin to Castleblayney, from Killanny to Knockatallon. A county awaits.
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