MONAGHAN’S HASTINGS CUP HOPES FADE

15 January 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan’s U-21s look unlikely to progress in the Hastings Cup – at least in the Cup competition – after a heavy defeat against a strong Mayo side last Saturday by COLM SHALVEY

A nightmare spell midway through the first half, where Monaghan conceded two goals in quick succession, left the visitors facing an uphill battle, particularly when they reached the interval with a solitary point to their name.

Monaghan should have been very much still in contention by the end of the first half, given the amount of possession they had, but they continuously gave the ball away and were punished by a more clinical Mayo team. Among Monaghan’s 12 wides were goal chances for Shane Conlon, Dónal Meegan and Ryan McAnespie, none of which saw home goalkeeper Marc Mulligan called into action.

Mayo had seven scorers, in contrast to Monaghan, whose entire tally came from Fearghal McMahon and Meegan until substitute Michael Vernon kicked a late point. The Connacht side, featuring two players (Stephen Coen and Adam Gallagher) who recently started their seniors’ FBD League win over NUI Galway, were much more economical in front of the posts.

Monaghan had eight changes from the round-one win over Wicklow, with…

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