MONAGHAN LATE, LATE, SHOW

22 January 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan 0-15

Westmeath 1-09

By JOHN GRAHAM

THE outcome for Monaghan in the end was a place in the Hastings Cup Shield Semi-Final when they held out for a three points victory over Westmeath in a tough, no holds barred contest that was played in greasy and wintry conditions in Inniskeen on Saturday afternoon last.

This was the game of the two proverbial halves, Westmeath the dominant force in the first half as Monaghan struggled to put anything like a cohesive game together with far too many unforced errors, but then taking over almost completely in the second-half to come from being seven points in arrears at the break to winning by three and holding Westmeath scoreless for the entire second period.

The contrast in fortunes was how Monaghan improved in the second half by bringing a higher degree of intensity to the exchanges but it was also the introduction of substitutes like Ryan Wylie, Ryan McAnespie and Darren McElroy (Latton) that helped engineer the turnaround and it was Westmeath then who were struggling. That said though this was a performance that certainly would not suffice later on in the springtime and …

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