9 August 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Colm Shalvey

Monaghan’s All-Ireland SFC quarter-final defeat against Tyrone at Croke Park on Saturday brought an excellent year to a bitterly disappointing end.

The aftermath of the game has been dominated by Joe Brolly’s furious reaction to cynical play by Tyrone and particularly Seán Cavanagh’s foul on Conor McManus as the Monaghan attacker bore down on goal. However, when looking back at it, Monaghan will be disappointed that – despite their best efforts – they just couldn’t replicate the performance that won them the Ulster final against Donegal.

Having led by three points early on, Monaghan went on to trail by two points (0-9 to 0-7) at half-time and although they twice drew level in the second half, they could never push on to take the lead.
Cavanagh’s rugby tackle denied the in-form McManus a clear opportunity of scoring what could have been a crucial goal, effectively saving Tyrone two points with the minimal punishment of a yellow card. Monaghan did create one other goal chance when a loose kick-out by …

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