DOWN DEFEAT NEW-LOOK MONAGHAN

15 January 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Down 1-12

Monaghan 0-11

By JOHN GRAHAM

A sharper, hungrier, if somewhat wasteful, Down got their first victory of this year’s Dr McKenna Cup campaign when they proved too strong for Monaghan in most departments in this lively if at times somewhat scrappy encounter that was played in greasy and wintry conditions in Clones on Sunday last.

The prevailing conditions did mitigate against open flowing football yet both sides produced some good passages of play and Down did show a remarkable improvement on their form in their opening game against Cavan. They dominated this game for long periods and but for a high degree of wastefulness that saw them hit 17 wides in all, eight in the first half, they could have had this game wrapped up some time before the finish and by a greater margin than separated the sides at the final whistle.

Down were the more industrious side in that they worked well as a team and their support play always saw them with options.

Monaghan made seven changes from the team that started against Jordanstown University in their last game with Karl O’Connell, Drew Wylie and Paddy Kieran coming into the defence, while Brian Greenan, Dermot Malone, Thomas Connolly and Paul Meegan were named in the attack. Down on the other hand made minimal changes from their first outing but they did suffer a potentially bad blow in the final stages when Kevin McKernan was stretchered off, although there was no report on the extent of the injury.

Down defended well for the most part and more than broke even in the possession stakes in midfield but at times they tended ….

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