8 May 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

May 24th will see Monaghan and Cavan going head-to-head at Kingspan Breffni Park in the Ulster Senior Football Championship. by JOHN GRAHAM

As of this moment in time with the launch of the senior football championship being held last night, Wednesday, May 6th in the Abbey Hotel in Donegal town, all nine counties can entertain thoughts of winning the 2015 Ulster senior football championship.

Not too many though would give public voice to those thoughts given that not a ball has been kicked in anger and no doubt endless dramatic scenes will unfold in the series of matches that will culminate in the final in Clones in July between – well for Monaghan and Cavan that story begins in a couple of weeks time on Sunday May 24th in Kingspan Breffni Park. There was a time when the Cavan town venue was a veritable fortress and they were practically unbeatable and Monaghan hearts were broken on many occasions as they travelled in hope and returned to Monaghan in despair. In fact it was over 60 years between victories by Monaghan in Breffni Park in the Ulster championship when they defeated the home side there back in the early 1990’s. All that though is water under the bridge now and will have absolutely no bearing on what will evolve in this keenly anticipated meeting between these oldest of rivals in a couple of weeks time.

Monaghan and Cavan contested the very first Ulster senior football championship final back in 1888 and over the years that fierce rivalry has not abated in any way and in fact has intensified.

Last year Cavan lost their opening Ulster fixture to Armagh and they last appeared in the final 14 years ago in 2001 and last won the Ulster championship back in 1997, which gave them 37 titles in all, well ahead of second-place Monaghan with 15, Armagh …

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