3 May 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Ahead of their Ulster SFC clash with Antrim on June 9th, Monaghan’s morale and confidence received a timely filip last Saturday with their NFL Division Three Final triumph over Meath. by Kevin Carney

It’s always sweet to win a big game but if a player is really honest, doing well on an individual basis simultaneously makes the collective triumph all the sweeter.

Latton tyro Owen Duffy was man-of-the-match at Croke Park last weekend so it’s not difficult to imagine the taste in his mouth as club mate and county captain Owen Lennon hoisted the NFL’s Division Three Cup aloft.

The 2011 Monaghan Senior Footballer of the Year award winner (joining the aforementioned Lennon in that pantheon of acclaimed footballers) hit the headlines, domestically, two years ago when his injury-time point sealed Latton’s 1-6 to 0-8 win over Scotstown in the SFC county final.

Now, as then, he is adamant that the Oriel’s 2-16 to 3-8 victory over Meath at Headquarters was all about the collective.

As is his wont, he is quick to deflect the bouquets flung his way, casting down on the credibility on the headline writers’ ‘match winner’ appendage:

“Every time you go out to play a game, you want to do well and it was great to be able to help the cause last Saturday night,” the 26 year old attacker stated.

“A lot of times it’s down to a bit of luck about being in the right place at the right time but the win over Meath was all about what the team did. No man can win a game on his own.”

For all his genuine modesty, the dervish-like half forward was undoubtedly one of Monaghan’s outstanding performers on the biggest stage of all last weekend.

In the same way he broke Ballybay hearts in the 2011 SFC semi-final and then guillotined Scotstown’s bid for a first blue riband title since 1993 by carving out the decisive point with surgical precision and at a juncture which left no time for the north countymen to get off the canvas, dynamic Duffy was the Monaghan thorn that made Meath bleed the most in Croker.

The Dundalk-based bank official’s personal tally of 1-3 cut like a dagger through the Royal County’s ambitions.

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