LEAGUES MOVING FROM HAZY TO CRYSTAL CLEAR STAGE

19 March 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Kevin Carney

Last Sunday in Clones was as good a day for Monaghan as it was a bad day for Derry. Malachy O’Rourke’s troops responded to the advent of spring with a spring-heeled display that now leaves the Oak Leafers on the cusp of relegation.

In contrast, it’s all looking pretty for O’Rourke and co. and they can now eye a place in the semi-finals with some confidence.

Monaghan largely dictated the pace of the game at St. Tighernach’s Park. Derry were off the pace for most of the game and even their outspoken manager Brian McIver was unequivocal in stating that the hosts were the better team on the day.

Monaghan’s latest win (0-15 to 0-10), their consistently good form and their victory over Donegal in particular will have lessened their odds on regaining the Anglo Celt Cup while also increasing expectations within the county and forewarning upcoming opponents to boot.

Next up is the wee matter of taking on Kerry in their own….

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