MONAGHAN HOPING TO SCALE ALL-IRELAND HEIGHTS AT CROKER AGAINST SEMI FINAL OPPONENTS MAYO

23 August 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan’s minor footballers will look to extend a great season further when they take on Mayo in Sunday’s All-Ireland MFC semi final at Croke Park. by COLM SHALVEY

Croke Park should be a sea of Blue and White as Monaghan hope to make the All-Ireland Minor Football Championship Final when they take on Mayo in Sunday’s semi-final.

This year has already seen Monaghan end a 24-year wait for an Ulster minor league and, more importantly, a 68-year Ulster MFC drought, but these players are not content to rest on their laurels, as they showed when they became the first team from the county to advance through the All-Ireland MFC quarter-finals. Next on the agenda is the bid to qualify for a first All-Ireland final since 1939.

Monaghan had an easy win over Antrim in the Ulster first round, but they have come through three tough tests since that; holding off a Cavan comeback to qualify for the Ulster final, where they produced an amazing turnaround of their own to pip Tyrone, before battling past 2011 All-Ireland winners Tipperary last time out.

Despite being held to 0-12 against Tipp – the first competitive match this year in which Monaghan have failed to score a goal – Frank Brady’s side have an average of more than 20 points for their four championship matches, having scored 10-53.

Fearghal McMahon has been the main man with 4-20 of that total, but Conor McCarthy and Ryan McAnespie have both also scored in each of their appearances all year, while Michael O’Dowd, Desmond Ward and David McAlister can also chip in. There is plenty of …

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