23 November 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A day of drama ended joyless for county’s standard-bearers -but, like General Patton, they shall return by JOHN GRAHAM
In a day of dramatic action in the Ulster club championship senior, intermediate and junior semi finals there was drama aplenty and numerous talking points, but, at the end of the day, it was bitter disappointment for Monaghan’s two representatives, Doohamlet in the intermediate series and Drumhowan in the junior.
For these two clubs their semifinal outings will be games that will cause some soul-searching in the weeks and maybe even months ahead but for slightly different reasons.
Drumhowan will attempt to analyse where it all went wrong when they found themselves playing against 14 players as they lost their concentration, their shape and their game plan as 14 man An Port Mor took increasing control and it got to a stage where it wasn’t even damage limitation as there was no way back for the Monaghan champions who finished the game with 12 players although to be fair two of those dismissals were in the final minutes when it was all over.
That said though it does leave a bitter taste and simply adds to the overall feeling of dejection that was plainly etched on Drumhowan faces as they left Brewster Park last Sunday.
For Doohamlet it was to an extent a similar experience in that they too suffered defeat but for them the bitter pill was made all the more difficult to swallow as this was a contest that they should have won.
Any way that Doohamlet examine this game they can only come to the conclusion that, in the words of team manager Dessie McBennett, they simply left it behind them. They out played a highly rated Cookstown team where just three of their starting 15 did not have inter-county experience at some level with …

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