MONAGHAN ON A MISSION

21 March 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan 1-17
Armagh 0-10
By JOHN GRAHAM

A slicker, more clinical Monaghan kept their National Football League division 2 promotion drive on track when they proved too strong for Armagh in this thrilling encounter that was played in front of a crowd of 5,572 in the Athletic Grounds, Armagh, on Saturday evening last.

Monaghan were full value for their victory and were not at all flattered by their double scores winning margin as they proved too adept for Armagh in practically every position although it was a game too where they did have a few anxious moments particularly in defence and had to dig deep in the final quarter.

The end to end action gave the two vociferous groups of supporters plenty to cheer about but perhaps the biggest cheer of the evening was reserved for the introduction of Darren Hughes after a four months lay off through injury and he celebrated his comeback in fitting style, crashing to the Armagh net in the final minutes to put the icing on the cake.

Monaghan got off to a scintillating start and had nine points on the board before Armagh opened their account in the 24th minute, but by half-time the home side had the margin down to four. Armagh maintained their momentum on the resumption and approaching the end of the third quarter they had the margin down to the minimum but they were not to score again as Monaghan re-grouped to hit an unanswered 1-6 from there to finish to clinch a valuable victory.

Padraig Donaghy hit the opening score for Monaghan in the second minute after good work by Kieran Duffy and in the following two minutes Jack McCarron converted two frees, one for a foul on Conor McManus off the ball …

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