COYLE LOOKING FORWARD TO ULSTER OPENER

14 May 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan’s minor football manager Garrett Coyle says he and his players are looking forward to their Ulster Championship opener against Cavan on Sunday week.

Monaghan failed to win a game in an Ulster Minor Football League campaign that was hampered by the progress of schools from the county in their championships, but Coyle says their preparations have stepped up in the last few weeks as the local derby looms on the horizon.

Coyle admits that Monaghan were “behind schedule” in the early stages of the year, but points out that the progress of Our Lady’s Secondary School, Castleblayney and Patrician High School, Carrickmacross to the MacLarnon Cup Final and Largy College, Clones to the latter stages of the Markey Cup “shows the level we are at”, even though it meant many players involved with those teams had bit-part roles with the county in the spring. He says that his team’s work towards the Cavan game has “built up a head of steam” recently and hopes that they have found some momentum at the right time.

The County Coaching Officer admitted that the early league encounters were akin to trial games and that his team would have liked to have given a better account of themselves, but he said he still felt Monaghan were competitive throughout that campaign and they did enough to offer positives and encouragement ahead of the championship.

Cavan featured just three of the successful St. Patrick’s College team when they beat Monaghan in the last round of the Ulster …

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