1 February 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By John Graham
Last Saturday night’s Dr McKenna Cup final may have been regarded by many as something of a gauge by which to measure where Monaghan are at and what their prospects can be this season. The first silverware of the season was on offer but it was disappointment for Monaghan as Tyrone retained their Dr McKenna Cup title but this Sunday there is a far more serious agenda on the table when Monaghan open their Allianz Football League division 3 campaign with a home game against Meath in Clones.
Malachy O’Rourke has made no secret of the fact that everything so far, training, coaching, preparation and their five games in the McKenna Cup were all preparation for Sunday’s national league opener where victory will give Monaghan a platform from which to launch their official competitive season, while defeat even though it is only the first game would be a major setback to their prospects.

It is no exaggeration to suggest that Monaghan’s priority this year is promotion from division 3 of the football league having suffered relegation from division 1 to division 3 in successive seasons so they are a team going to Clones on a mission.

Meath will be coming to Clones in a similar frame of mind. They defeated Monaghan in the opening game of the Allianz Football League division 2 last season but they failed to capitalise on that good start and were …

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