GAA: MONAGHAN IN SPOTLIGHT

14 June 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan 0-11
Antrim 0-06
BY JOHN GRAHAM

MONAGHAN travelled to Casement Park, Belfast, on Sunday last with the objective of booking their place in the semi-final of the Ulster senior football championship and on the day they realised that objective but they will know that they will need to improve substantially if they are get over the next hurdle, their semi-final meeting with the winners of the Cavan v Fermanagh quarter final which takes place in Enniskillen this Sunday.

Played in sweltering, energy sapping conditions, this was a contest that Monaghan dominated for almost 100% of the time but they found Antrim’s defensive strategy difficult to break down and scores hard to come by as a consequence.

The soaring temperatures certainly took their toll but Monaghan were the fitter team coming into the latter stages despite having had to play almost all of the second-half with 14 players following the dismissal of centre back Neil McAdam on a second yellow card six minutes into the second-half.

Right from the start Antrim adopted a totally defensive strategy by pulling their …

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