TOO CLOSE TO CALL

17 July 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Brian McEniff and Monaghan have history . . . literally. For starters, his father was born and reared in Newbliss and McEniff, the younger, says he retains many vivid memories of patrolling the pitch either side of the white line as a player and manager while faced by Monaghan in the white heat of the Ulster SFC.

Ahead of this Sunday’s blue riband decider, the wily hotelier says the title is there for the taking for both teams. A proud son of Donegal, he is nonetheless very much a paid-up member of the Monaghan GAA Appreciation Society:

“I like their approach to the game and they’ve been doing very well this year. “They’ve shown a lot of good form and they’ll believe they have every chance of winning back the Anglo Celt Cup.

“Not a lot of people rated their chances very highly a couple of years ago but they beat Donegal in the Ulster final so they won’t lack belief and they have a lot of very good players to call upon with fellas like Dick Clerkin and Paul Finlay ready to come in off the bench. They have plenty of personnel to help get them over the line.

“Monaghan have quality all around the field really. Fellas like the Hughes brothers and Colin Walshe plus Owen Lennon will be big players for Monaghan on Sunday too.

“Conor McManus is an absolutely super player but maybe he hasn’t done as well against Donegal over the last while than he would have wished.

“The McGee brothers are as tough as teak though and it should be a great battle; at both ends of the field really.

“Monaghan have a good record against Donegal too over the years and, ….

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