MONAGHAN AIM TO MAKE ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS

7 June 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan or Antrim? Who’ll make it into the Ulster Senior Football Championship semi- finals this Sunday. by COLM SHALVEY

Monaghan begin their Ulster Senior Football Championship campaign with an away game against Antrim in Belfast this Sunday. After a positive Allianz National Football League campaign which saw Monaghan gain promotion back to Division Two, before beating Meath in the final, hopes are high that a good championship run will follow. The winning habit has been restored this year, with Monaghan gaining 10 victories from 13 competitive matches, as well as several more in challenge matches. Antrim went in the opposite direction to Monaghan in the league, getting relegated to Division Four and they took just two points from their last six matches. The Saffrons’ season so far has been dogged by controversy, like the fall-out between manager Frank Dawson and Tony Scullion and Tomás McCann in the wake of the last Monaghan game, which has led to the duo being left out of the panel.

If any of this was to lull Monaghan into a false sense of security, however, they need only look back to last year’s championship clash in Clones, when Antrim led by …

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