LEAGUE DERBY FIXTURE GIVES MONAGHAN CHANCE TO BUILD ON POSITIVE START TO SEASON

8 February 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Colm Shalvey
Monaghan make the short trip to Cavan to take on their neighbours at Breffni Park on Saturday evening looking to build on their promising start to the Allianz National Football League.
Just as the Dr. McKenna Cup Final defeat against Tyrone didn’t make Monaghan a bad team, the manner of last Sunday’s win at home to Meath doesn’t make them world beaters and Cavan will provide a tougher test, but Monaghan rightly go into this game in a positive frame of mind. This game not only offers Monaghan the chance to get a win against local rivals and boost their promotion hopes, but an opportunity to win away from home in the NFL for the first time since Portlaoise in 2009 and to end a four year-wait for back-to-back league wins.
With Monaghan having won five out of six competitive matches so far in 2013, Malachy O’Rourke is likely to make minimal changes to the team that put Meath to the sword, although he does have options. The appearances of the previously college-tied Colin Walshe, Jack McCarron, Pete Dooney and Peter O’Hanlon in Clones took the total number of players used so far this year to 34; 21 of whom have got on the scoresheet. Tommy Freeman, who …

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