MONAGHAN LOOK AHEAD TO LEAGUE CAMPAIGN AFTER DR MCKENNA CUP

22 January 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

It’s full focus on the Allianz National Football League for Monaghan after their Dr McKenna Cup campaign ended in Cavan last Sunday. by COLM SHALVEY

Like in the previous day’s Hastings Cup game, a poor first-half performance by Monaghan left them trailing by seven points, but when they upped it after the restart, it created an atmosphere and tension rarely seen at this time of year.

There were no signs of what was to come in a subdued first 35 minutes, where Monaghan were much too casual, standing off their opponents and allowing Cavan to pick off a succession of points. Gearóid McKiernan gave Cavan a strong platform at midfield and with him and his team-mates enjoying a productive day in front of the posts, they had 0-12 on the scoreboard by just after the half-hour mark. Monaghan had been nine points adrift at that stage, but they responded with four unanswered scores either side of the interval.

Monaghan gifted Cavan the game’s only goal on 45 minutes when a short kick-out went awry, leaving Enda Duffy stranded and unable to stop Martin Dunne lobbing him. Monaghan still managed to kick six of the….

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