MONAGHAN LIGHT UP HEALY PARK IN IMPRESSIVE START TO LEAGUE

6 February 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Even a floodlight failure couldn’t distract Monaghan from a high-wattage performance in claiming a second consecutive win over old bete noire Tyrone in last Saturday’s NFL Division One opener. by COLM SHALVEY

Monaghan’s tails were up after they had hit three quick points to take the lead and they were on the attack again when the lights went out, resulting in conspiracy theories and jokes filling the void of the half-hour delay. Any Tyrone hopes that Monaghan would be put off their stride were unfounded, however, and the light at the end of the tunnel for the hosts was soon extinguished. After being put through their paces once again by Ryan Porter, Monaghan picked up from where they had left off to secure their first top-flight league win away from home since they turned Dublin over at Parnell Park in 2006. It was also a first senior win over Tyrone at Healy Park since 1998.

Monaghan looked increasingly commanding as the game went on as panic appeared to affect Tyrone and the game was over as a contest when Stephen Gollogly burst on to a deft flick-on from Kieran Hughes to score his first goal for the county since the 2006 NFL defeat against Mayo.

Having trailed by 0-7 to 0-2 by the 20-minute mark, ….

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