MONAGHAN UPSET THE ODDS

28 February 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan 1-12
Roscommon 1-08
By COLM SHALVEY

MONAGHAN got off the mark in the Allianz Hurling League with an excellent win over Roscommon at the Pádraig Pearses club grounds last Sunday.

Having let a decent lead slip in the closing stages of their opening game at home to Longford, Monaghan were clear underdogs against a Roscommon side who had made a winning start and who have held the edge in the counties’ recent meetings, but the visitors ripped up the form book with a much-improved performance.

Monaghan were only behind once for less than three minutes and they were well worth their four-point win. Monaghan hit seven wides in the first half, including a number of frees, but their accuracy in the second half was impeccable, while Roscommon went on to miss a series of chances to get back into the game.

Peter and Mark Treanor anchored the Monaghan defence to great effect, while Éanna Mac Suibhne and Trevor Hilliard, in particular, got through a huge amount of work in midfield and Brian McGuigan and Seán Leonard shone up front. Micheál Kelly, Shane Curley, Cillian Egan and Niall Kilroy had their moments for Roscommon, but with Gerry Fallon being kept quiet, they were held at bay.

Monaghan needed full-back Peter Treanor to make an important interception from a Cathal Kelly hand-pass in the third …

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