NARRATIVE OF LEAGUES REMAIN UNCHANGED HEADING INTO THE BUSINESS END

12 March 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Kevin Carney

Rory Gallagher walked off O’Donnell Park last Sunday with a hang-dog look. He looked like a man who had just been handed the bill for someone else’s meal. In contrast, Malachy O’Rourke’s countenance was one of mild satisfaction.

It was as if both mentors recognised that Tir Chonaill’s loss in Letterkenny had all the potential of being a seminal outcome in the final design of the national league’s top flight.

Three threatening weather-pocked fixtures lie ahead for Monaghan and Donegal and even if the counties get sucked into contests with all the refinement of a mud-wrestle, they won’t care a jot once the points stack up come season’s end.

In a game bereft of beauty or artistry, Monaghan’s superior hunger and inner-resolve got them over the line. They are two mighty ingredients in any team’s formula, especially at this …

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