RESCHEDULED LOCAL DERBY TO DECIDE TOUGH CUP GROUP

15 January 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Last Sunday’s loss to Down means that Monaghan’s Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup Section A campaign hinges on this weekend’s rescheduled local derby at Kingspan Breffni Park. by COLM SHALVEY

A forgettable afternoon in Clones saw Monaghan recover from conceding a very early goal to edge ahead on a couple of occasions either side of half-time, only to fall away and concede five unanswered points between the 54th and 67th minutes. It took less than half a minute for Dónal O’Hare to breach Monaghan’s rearguard and fire to the net and although Monaghan worked their way back into the game with a purple patch midway through the first half, Down were well worthy of a first competitive win under new manager Jim McCorry.

As ever at this time of year, performances are higher on the list of priorities than results, but this game didn’t have too much to savour from a Monaghan point of view. Despite both midfielders, Darren Hughes and Neil McAdam, kicking fine points, Monaghan struggled in the second half around the middle sector, where Kevin …

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