SCOTSTOWN FAVOURITES BUT MONAGHAN HARPS HAVE HUNGER ON

16 October 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

JOHN GRAHAM

As always there are a number of imponderables in trying to assess who will come out on the right side of things at the end of Sunday’s final in Clones.

At the outset Scotstown are definitely going into the game as favourites given that they are the more experienced team at this level, but against that, Monaghan Harps have hunger on their side and a burning desire to end their 92 years in the Monaghan senior football championship wilderness and in doing that this current crop of players can start a whole new era in the club as they carve their names upon the Harp.

Every single member of the Scotstown panel on Sunday has at least one senior football championship medal, a number of them have won inter-County honours with Monaghan, a number of them have also picked up representative honours in both the interprovincial competition and the International Rules, all of which gives them a very strong base on which to build.

Like all teams going into a County final or the final of a major competition, there will be a degree of apprehension even though they have been around this course before and the thought that will be foremost in their minds is that they will want to wipe away the disappointing memory of last year when they started like a whirlwind and looked as if they would push on and put titles back-to-back, only then to fade and allow Clontibret to come in and dominate the remainder of the game and take the title.

The desire and the commitment to avoid a similar scenario this year will be a huge driving force with Scotstown and they will again want to lay down a marker early which is something that Monaghan Harps have to be prepared for and not allow themselves to be swamped in the early exchanges.

If there is anything like a chink in the Scotstown armour it could be that at times in all of their matches so far they have been very impressive and have played some excellent football but at other times have hit low periods in games when they drift out of the match and if that happens on Sunday then Monaghan Harps have to be ready and prepared to exploit that.

It goes without saying that they have a number of outstanding players in their line out, household names in Monaghan and further afield. They have an excellent last line in goalkeeper Rory Beggan who has taken off a number of excellent saves in matches, his kick outs have been studied and he can …..

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