SUPPORTERS CANNOT WAIT FOR ULSTER DERBY DUEL CHAMPIONSHIP

2 May 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The Cavan v Monaghan Ulster SFC clash is fast approaching. A Cavan native living in county Monaghan and a Monaghan man living in county Cavan give their views on what’s likely to happen on May 24th next. by KEVIN CARNEY

For some fans of a certain vintage, Gaelic football these days is flat beer compared to the champagne commonly served up in times past. Those who claim to have often been lulled into somnolence by a lot of the football played this year so far are doubtless harbouring hopes that a refreshing narrative will be penned on May 24th next when Cavan clash with Monaghan in the Ulster SFC quarter-finals.

The fear is that it will be just another feisty, parochial spat where the biggest loser will be the game of football itself.

Those of a more positive persuasion might argue that the game can underscore the notion that both teams are on the cusp of stepping up to the next level? But what is that next level? And if both squads are weighing up their prospects of winning the Sam Maguire Cup (Monaghan) or the Anglo-Celt Cup (Cavan), are they going to take their eyes off the ball on May 24th and leave Kingspan/Breffni Park clogged with the dust of a dream that’s just been dismantled.

We all have seen Monaghan pan every last grain of gold from their reserves over the last ten years or thereabouts and been rewarded with provincial championship and league titles of late.

The thing is, the challenge now is for Monaghan to at least within kicking distance of the biggest prize Gaelic games has to offer.

Just what story unfolds at Kingspan/Breffni Park remains to be seen but already the hyperbole that perennially collars Cavan versus Monaghan championship games is beginning to gain traction.

Aside from the pressure on Monaghan to perform in accordance with their billing, Cavan fans will accept …

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