A THIRD ULSTER FINAL IN A ROW AWAITS MONAGHAN

19 June 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

So where will this one be won and lost? Monaghan are certainly the stronger team in that they are looking for a place in the final of the Ulster championship for the third year in row, they are playing in division 1 of the Allianz Football league and have retained senior status for the 2016 season, giving them an edge in both quality and experience against a Fermanagh team that had their first championship victory this year since 2010 and who were playing two divisions lower than Monaghan in league football. That said though they gained promotion and the championship is a great leveller and Monaghan will have to make their greater experience count, particularly on the scoreboard.

Fermanagh will probably set up in fairly defensive mode as they did against Antrim with Ryan McCluskey probably again being deployed in the role of sweeper. McCluskey is an accomplished performer but is seen as perhaps being a little vulnerable when up against pace and young legs and Malachy O’Rourke will be out to exploit that.

Monaghan, too, will have their plans made and Malachy O’Rourke will be plotting how to limit the influence of the likes of Sean Quigley, Barry Mulrone and Ryan Jones as their….

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