IT PROMISES TO BE A VERY TACTICAL GAME

28 June 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Ulster Senior Football Championship Semi Final

SO WHAT OF MONAGHAN?

The initial reaction of Monaghan team manager Malachy O’Rourke following his side’s victory over Antrim back on Sunday, June 9th “that we didn’t frighten anyone in Ulster today”, underlined the amount of work that needed to be done and no doubt he and his backroom team will have been working diligently to remedy the perceived shortcomings in Monaghan’s game.

It was obvious from the start of that contest that Antrim’s approach was one of containment and to a large extent it worked. In the second-half though, Monaghan showed great character as they were forced to play most of the second half with 14 players following the dismissal of Neil McAdam on a second yellow card five minutes into the second period and they will need all that character on Saturday to get through. That is not to say that Monaghan didn’t make hard work of it as they did, registering 11 wides in the second period making for a total of 16 in all and a similar statistic on Saturday could prove fatal.

Having played and lost to Cavan in the league and having seen them in action in the championship Monaghan will know what they are up against in Cavan’s defensive strategy and their tactic of almost being in-your-face for the entire match and how difficult that is to counter. They will come with the same defensive system that they deployed against Fermanagh so it will take patients to tease out scoring chances.

To underline the need for alternative approaches if certain strategies …

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