10 July 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By John Graham

The clock is ticking towards D Day, which in football terms in Ulster is the date for the final of the senior football championship and that is on Sunday week, July 19th in St Tiarnach’s Park in Clones when Donegal will come to see if they can make it four out of the last five provincial titles while Monaghan will be seeking to make it two out of three.

Monaghan last played in three Ulster finals in a row in 1921, 1922 and 1923 with the best they achieved in the intervening years was a couple of times when they competed in two successive finals. For Donegal though, this is new territory and they are now seeking to put their imprint and stamp their name on the ever evolving story of the blue riband of Ulster football, the Anglo Celt Cup.

As part of their preparations for the big day Monaghan held their pre-Ulster final Press Night on Friday evening last where the atmosphere could be described as cautious and yet one could not help but be impressed with how everyone was looking forward to the big occasion. The players who were made available to the media were all expansive in their responses but were all of the one mind, that Monaghan would need to produce a performance of greater consistency than they had so far in either their quarter-final game against Cavan or their semi-final victory against Fermanagh, that stance perhaps best summed up in the words of Christopher McGuinness, “when we reviewed those games, especially the semi-final against Fermanagh, we were not happy with a lot of things and I can say without doubt that if we keep committing those same mistakes especially on Ulster final day, we will certainly pay for them”.

Team manager, Malachy O’Rourke, while back …


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