23 October 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Last Sunday Newry’s landscape became a dreamscape
for Clontibret O’Neills. The headquarters of Down football
was the scene of one of Monaghan club football’s finest
hours. by KEVIN CARNEY

When the dust had settled on an hour’s football that will be forever etched into the annals of Monaghan GAA, Clontibret team-manager Dominic Corrigan couldn’t praise his troops enough.
The former Fermanagh star delighted in explaining to the Northern Standard that the Monaghan standard bearers tore up the script.

Pointedly, he also felt that the Down champions maybe went into the game too cocky:
“I don’t think you could have written the script for that type of finish,” Corrigan enthused.
“There was a script for today’s game but we didn’t go with that script. We had our own script coming into it and we felt there was a great opportunity for us here if we could stay with them for as long as we could, that we would really put it up to them.

“I’d say they were probably maybe a little bit complacent coming into this game but we played very well although there were patches which were a bit like the County final when we really didn’t produce our best but I think we kept our best for this game here today.”

Continuing, Corrigan says that his side’s true worth came to the fore when their opponents boasted a numerical superiority:
“That was an excellent display, outstanding, because we played most of that game with 14 men and the sending off did come at a very bad time,” Corrigan reflected.

“I thought it was a black card but it turned out to be a red card so we could not put in a sub. We were going well at that stage and I have to say the boys dug deep, they have shown great character all year and they showed it here again today.”

The Ernesider went onto tell the Northern Standard that Kilcoo’s tactic late in the game of playing down the clock saw them score an own goal.

“The manner in which they got over the line was very pleasing because Kilcoo were playing keep ball and thought they had it won but they were playing a very dangerous game with just two points in and instead of maybe pushing on for that third point they kind of sat back and that gave us a chance and no better team than Clontibret to take a chance like that. We took our chance extremely well, it was massive, a great goal and it came at the perfect time and that puts us into the quarter-final. I know Kilcoo beat Crossmaglen in the quarter-final last year and then lost the next day out so there is a lesson for us there, it’s great to win today.
“We never let Kilcoo get away from us, we didn’t let them get off to a big start and …

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