30 August 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Mayo eased through to the All-Ireland Minor Final with victory over Monaghan last Sunday. And even for those who anticipated Mayo’s quality, there was the shock factor, Monaghan losing heavily after looking in fine fettle when they won the Ulster Final. by COLM SHALVEY

Monaghan’s minor football 2013 odyssey came to a disappointing end at Croke Park last Sunday, when the All-Ireland MFC semi-final against Mayo proved a bridge too far.

After a very successful year which saw Monaghan end long waits for Ulster minor league and championship titles, it was unfortunate that they didn’t bring their best form to the big stage, as they never got into full flight.

Much of the credit for that has to go to a Mayo team that will take some stopping in the final, based on their devastating attacking performance. Like their seniors, Mayo had scorers from every sector of the pitch, with a total of nine players getting on the scoresheet. As with Chris Barrett and Lee Keegan in the senior match, Mayo had backs who kicked two points each in team captain Stephen Coen and Man of the Match Michael Hall, while five of their forwards also found their range; the odd one out being Cian Hanley, who was …

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