ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS

14 February 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Truagh 2-21
Kiltane 2-13
BY COLM SHALVEY

TRUAGH became the second Monaghan club to win the All-Ireland IFC when they won an epic final against Kiltane of Mayo at Croke Park last Sunday.

Truagh conceded two goals in the first six minutes, but they rallied strongly to lead by four points at half-time, with Mark Counihan and Daniel McKenna, who hit 1-7 from play, finding the net.

Truagh survived some nervy moments midway through an action-packed second half as Kiltane piled on the pressure, but after seeing their advantage cut to a point on two occasions, the north-Monaghan men reeled off the last seven points without reply to pull away. Daniel and Paudie McKenna were outstanding for Truagh, with good support from the likes of Niall Feely, Counihan, John McCarron and Adam Treanor, while Tony Gaughan, Edmund Barrett, Jason Healy and Mikey Sweeney led Kiltane’s challenge.

Truagh showed no nerves in the early moments, as Paudie McKenna opened the scoring, before Mark Counihan created Daniel McKenna’s first point, but they suffered a blow in the fifth minute when Tommy Conroy linked up with Mikey Sweeney and ran through to win a penalty, which full-back Darragh Carey confidently slotted home.

Truagh were left reeling in the next attack when Sweeney took a pass from Patrick Joe Gaughan and crashed home Kiltane’s second goal, although a fine …

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