MONAGHAN MARCH PAST DERRY

19 March 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan 0-15

Derry 0-10

By JOHN GRAHAM

A more resilient Monaghan enhanced their prospects of reaching the NFL Division 1 semi finals and possibly even more importantly of retaining division 1 status for next season, when they had five points to spare over Derry at the end of this absorbing if at certain stages never spectacular contest that was played in wintry conditions in Clones on Sunday last.

This was a result that Monaghan richly deserved in that they were the more cohesive unit throughout and it is a result too that underlines their growing status as they have now defeated all three Ulster teams that they have met in Division 1 of the Allianz Football League.

Monaghan welcomed back Ryan Wylie after suspension and he started at corner back from where he made a telling contribution with his tenacious marking and ability to break out in support of counter attacks. Stephen Gollogly also returned and came in as a second-half substitute at a time when Monaghan needed a fresh injection of legs and he too contributed handsomely.

Monaghan made a number of positional changes. Vincent Corey was named at full-back but lined out at centre back. Dessie Mone was outstanding in the half forward line with his surging runs from deep, carrying the ball into the heart of the Derry defence and hitting four excellent points to boot. Conor McManus who picked up a black card in the game against Donegal was back to his usual best, stroking over six excellent points, five from open play.

For Derry it was just one of those days, they came to Clones needing both points to boost their prospects of avoiding relegation but they can have few complaints on the day as they were outplayed, out fought and outfoxed for the greater part ….

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