MCKENNA CUP EXIT

24 January 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Cavan 0-16
Monaghan 1-09
By JOHN GRAHAM

MONAGHAN’S interest in the Dr McKenna Cup was brought to an end as a sharper, stronger Cavan booked their place in the final at the end of this hugely entertaining and at times very exciting semi-final that was played in somewhat heavy going in Enniskillen on Sunday last.

Monaghan enjoyed their best spell of game in the opening 20 minutes at the end of which they were ahead by three points but Cavan then started to come more into things especially in midfield with Eugene Keating, David Givney and Cian Mackey in particular causing Monaghan numerous problems.

Monaghan were also conceding pounds and inches in attack and Cavan capitalised on this increasingly as the game wore on and even the introduction of a number of substitutes in the second-half could not halt Cavan’s march to victory.

Monaghan did not help their own cause either with moves breaking down and passes being intercepted too often and Cavan punished that on counter-attacks with Eugene Keating in particular firing over some excellent points to keep them in the driving seat.

The game saw the return to action too of Colin Walshe but it was something of a cameo appearance, being introduced in the 16th of the second half but 15 minutes later picking up a black card for a foul on his former Sigerson Cup winning team-mate David Givney.

Coming towards the finish too Cavan looked that little bit fresher as Monaghan’s game against Fermanagh on Wednesday night last took its toll and legs tired in the heavy conditions, but overall Cavan were deserving winners.

Goalkeeper Rory Beggan got Monaghan of the mark with a free kick conversion from all of 55 metres in the third minute and two minutes later Monaghan were four points in front when Dermot Malone capitalised as a …

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