BRAGGING RIGHTS AND A PLACE IN THE ULSTER FINAL UP FOR GRABS

28 June 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Clones is the place to be this Saturday for Monaghan’s Ulster Championship
double-header against Cavan. by COLM SHALVEY

he prize on offer for the seniors is a place in the Ulster final and perhaps more importantly, local bragging rights. A clash with the All-Ireland champions may seem like a questionable reward, but defeat against the neighbours would be a much more unappealing fate. Monaghan have, of course, already lost to Cavan this year, when they left Breffni Park empty-handed after a dogfight which saw five players sent off.

Forewarned is forearmed, however, and Monaghan surely can’t perform as badly again. Having hammered Meath the previous week, Monaghan’s attitude wasn’t what it needed to be that night and they were duly punished by a fired-up Cavan side. Terry Hyland’s side will bring the same intensity to Saturday’s game, but their style of play should hold no surprises for Monaghan by now.

Monaghan were without Paul Finlay that evening and they lost Conor McManus to a red card early on, although Cavan can also point to the absence of Eugene Keating and the sending-off of Martin Dunne. Keating and Dunne will take a lot of watching for Monaghan on Saturday. Cavan’s tactic of isolating that duo in the full-forward line, with Niall McDermott playing a more withdrawn role, has been effective so far. Dunne has hit …

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