5 March 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Mayo 3-15

Monaghan  0-11



AN under strength Monaghan team slumped to a heavy defeat in this fairly rugged and at times bad tempered NFL Division 1 encounter played in bitterly cold and windy conditions at McHale Park, Castlebar, on Sunday last.

Monaghan’s tale of woe began when they were reduced to 14 players with the seemingly harsh enough dismissal of Stephen Gollogly on a straight red card in the 27th minute of the first half after a linesman had called referee Rory Hickey’s attention to what looked an innocuous incident involving Gollogy. Later Monaghan’s task was made impossible when they were reduced to 13 players 21 minutes into the second half when Ryan Wylie received his marching orders after he pushed Mark Ronaldson into a sideline hoarding, and thereafter the wheels came off the wagon and Mayo cruised to an emphatic victory.

Monaghan were forced to field without the services of Conor McManus who was replaced by Owen Duffy, making his first start of the season and Darren Hughes, although Hughes did come on in the second half to good effect even though he was not at full power.

The game marked the return to inter county action of Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor who represented Ulster University in the recent Dr. McKenna Cup and Mayo made three other changes …


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