MONAGHAN TOP THE TABLE

21 March 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan 5-13
Wicklow 2-10

BY JOHN GRAHAM

THE final score line could indicate that Monaghan were in rampant mood and coasted to victory but that would not tell the whole story of this free-flowing, high-scoring roller coaster affair that was played in greasy conditions in Clones on Saturday afternoon last.
It was a game that saw Wicklow ask some serious questions of Monaghan particularly in the early stages and in the closing quarter but in between Monaghan were the superior team and made that count on the scoreboard with some classic goals and well constructed moves.
Wicklow led by 1-2 to 0-0 after just 12 minutes, Austin O’Malley’s goal the opening score of the game after just four minutes and Monaghan looking somewhat unsettled and even bemused by the sheer pace that the visitors started at. From there to the early minutes of the final quarter Monaghan totally dictated matters and at times had Wicklow reeling with the sheer pace and poise of their play and could well have registered a few more scores but for a few moves breaking down or a hasty pass going astray.
The game too had a couple of other significant aspects about it. Tomas Freeman made his first start although he had to retire injured and Vincent Corey made a welcome return to competitive action as did Stephen Gollogly with Drew Wylie looking to have recovered completely from his recent hamstring injury and Dermot Malone, when introduced, signaled that he will be in contention for a starting place.
Monaghan though will not be happy with some of the scores that were conceded, particularly the goals, or indeed the fact that …

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