MONAGHAN OFF THE MARK

7 February 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan 0-14
Down 1-11
By JOHN GRAHAM

MONAGHAN are off the mark in their National Football League division 2 campaign after their game against Down finished all square in Newry, the Mourne men plundering a point with a late rally.

This game was originally fixed for last Saturday night but earlier on Saturday evening Pairc Esler was deemed unplayable after a pitch inspection but for a pitch that was unplayable on Saturday night it stood up remarkably well on Sunday, after being passed as playable following another pitch inspection that took place around 9.30am and both sides were given the green light.

Ryan Boyle opened the scoring for the home side in the third minute with a point following good work by Daniel McCarten but that was the only time they were to be in front.

A couple of minutes later Monaghan looked to be in with a great chance on goal but Dermot Malone lost his footing as he was about to shoot.
Five minutes in Dessie Mone won possession out on the right wing and fed the ball through to Thomas Kerr who equalised and a minute later Jack McCarron put Monaghan in front when he converted a free after he himself had been fouled.

Monaghan now carved out another chance for a goal in the seventh minute but Thomas Kerr blasted just wide of the post and Jack McCarron was off …

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