19 March 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan made it back-to-back NFL Division 1 wins and a hat-trick of wins over Ulster oppositon with victory against Derry in Clones last Sunday. By COLM SHALVEY

It was a very different game to the previous week’s win in Donegal, but the result was the same, as Monaghan kept their bid to stay in the top flight on track. Scores from play had been at a premium at O’Donnell Park, but Monaghan managed 0-14 in open play this time, including some top-drawer points. The game had much more to offer in terms of open football, including a flowing length-of-the-field move which created a right-footed Kieran Hughes point in the 26th minute, although there was a noticeable drop in intensity and a certain sense of inevitability about the result.

The hosts led almost from start to finish and in truth, they rarely looked in danger of allowing Derry to escape with a first win of the league. Monaghan could have been much more comfortable, but for a number of missed chances, particularly from frees, as well as a close-range goal-attempt from Conor McManus, which crashed off the crossbar. They were still five ….


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