MONAGHAN HURLERS LOOK TO BUILD ON PROGRESSIVE LEAGUE FORM

2 May 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

BY COLM SHALVEY

Monaghan’s senior hurlers start their Nicky Rackard Cup campaign with a home game against Longford in Clones on Saturday at 5pm. Monaghan go into this championship on the back of a progressive spring, which saw them reach the Allianz National Hurling League Division 3A Final.

Monaghan went through the Division 3A group games without losing and although their unbeaten record under new manager Trevor Hilliard ended in the final against Tyrone, they could take plenty of positives from their run. Saturday’s visitors to St. Tiarnach’s Park are Longford, who also reached a league final (Division 3B), only to lose to Warwickshire, when the Leinster side’s chances were badly hit by red cards for Cathal Mullane and Paddy Corcoran.

Monaghan needed to win a play-off last year to stay in the third tier, while Longford were promoted back to the Nicky Rackard after winning the Lory Meagher Cup.

Ronan Meegan (0-36) and Stephen Lambe (4-17) were in prolific form for Monaghan throughout the league and their availability is a great boost for the county. Peter and Mark Treanor, Éanna Mac Suibhne, Deaglán Crowe and Niall Garland are other key players for Hilliard’s charges ….

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