15 March 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan 4-08
Tyrone 0-06

By John Graham

A RAMPANT Monaghan cruised to victory over Tyrone in last Wednesday night’s final of the Shamrock Cup that was played under lights in Emyvale when the Tyrone lads had no answer to the pace and poise of Monaghan’s game.

Monaghan and Tyrone were contesting their third Shamrock Cup final on the trot and Monaghan had lost the previous two but they got a measure of revenge with this thoroughly deserved victory.
Conditions on the night were difficult with heavy rain falling throughout and this did contribute to mistakes by both sides although a touch of over elaboration at times also led to some good outfield endeavour not producing the results it might have.

That said though it would be churlish to complain as Monaghan mastered the conditions to great effect and played some delightful football in the process. The defence was soundness personified with Johnny McGuigan, Conor Boyle and Ryan Wylie outstanding with good support from Cillian Cromwell and Brian McQuaid to the extent that the Tyrone attack repeatedly ran into heavy traffic, especially in the second half when they were trying everything to salvage the situation.
As well as dominating play practically throughout, Monaghan could also afford the luxury of hitting 14 wides, 8 in the first half although in a tighter game that degree of profligacy could prove costly.

Monaghan were never headed in the entire contest with the best that Tyrone could achieve was being level a point apiece after seven minutes, Pete Dooney, who was superb throughout in midfield opening for Monaghan in the fourth minute and Tyrone equalising through Ronan O’Neill some three minutes later. Monaghan re-took the lead with an 11th minute goal by Daniel McKenna who was a real handful for the Tyrone defence, Pete Dooney the provider and Dooney then extended Monaghan’s lead to four in the 12th minute with a well taken point. Three minutes later Tyrone had the margin down to two with points by Liam Girvan from a free and Ronan O’Neill. Entering the second quarter Daniel McKenna restored Monaghan to a 3 points lead after good work by Shane O’Brien and Shane Carey. In the following five minutes Monaghan should have extended their lead further but they were off target five times in quick succession while two other promising attacks broke down. They made amends …

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