8 February 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan 1-18
Meath 2-03

MONAGHAN ultimately cantered to victory as Meath were ruthlessly put to the sword in this ultimately one-sided contest in Clones on Sunday last to get their division 3 campaign off to the best possible start and serve notice that they can be a team to be reckoned with in this series.
Monaghan were only headed once in the entire contest and that after a brief period in the opening quarter when Meath snatched a goal somewhat against the run of play. Ultimately for the Royals though it was flattery to deceive as Monaghan regained the initiative and never allowed them to dictate the course of the game thereafter with the defence coping admirably with anything Meath could throw at them, midfield winning vital possession in clean catches but mostly from broken play and an attack that kept Meath on the back foot practically throughout.
By the time Conor McManus opened the scoring with a point from a free in the eighth minute Monaghan could well have been four or five points to the good but a combination of near misses and the woodwork conspire to deny them from early chances.
Kieran Hughes had a shot blocked from close range and then Paul Finlay was denied by the upright in follow up play.
Three minutes after that opening score Meath were in front for the only time in the game as Monaghan gave away possession with an overhit pass coming …

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