2 April 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan 1-11
Kerry 0-10

THEY are still the Kingdom but on Sunday last in Austin Stack Park, Tralee, they lacked the power as a resilient Monaghan ultimately took all the glory as they completely outplayed the home side in a scintillating second-half to take their first league points against Kerry since their victory in Clones back in February 1988 and their first win on Kerry soil since March 1987 when Monaghan triumphed in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney.

Make no mistake about it though, this was a thoroughly deserved victory for a Monaghan team that got over a somewhat indifferent start to take increasing control and they effectively blew Kerry away with the pace and power of their game in the second-half.

The turning point was a goal by Owen Duffy 12 minutes into the second half that gave Monaghan the lead for the first time and it was a lead they never subsequently relinquished despite the best efforts of Kerry and the variety of tactics that they employed to try and turn it around. They tried to work the ball in from outfield but Monaghan’s massed rearguard made that impossible and they then tried route one football by lofting it in on top of Kieran Donaghy and Tommy Walsh, the famed twin towers, but that too proved ineffective as the Monaghan defence held firm and Rory Beggan also made his presence felt on a couple of occasions when he dealt very effectively with high centres.

Played in bitterly cold conditions with a driving wind that favoured each team in either half, Kerry with the advantage of the elements in the opening half, and it must be said that but for some poor finishing, a little bit uncustomary …

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