8 January 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The debut performance of Barry McGinn was one of few positives Monaghan could take from their Bank of Ireland Dr. McKenna Cup defeat at home to Ulster University last Sunday. McGinn, who is the youngest member of Monaghan’s McKenna Cup panel, top-scored with 1-3, including three of his team’s four points in the first half via a fine effort from play and a free off either foot. The forward, whose CV includes scoring two goals as a sub in Monaghan’s Ulster MFC Final win in 2013, leading Our Lady’s, Castleblayney to MacLarnon Cup success last March and scoring 1-38 in Doohamlet’s run to the 2015 Ulster IFC semi-finals, added a goal on 48 minutes shortly before being withdrawn for Daniel McKenna.

He was one of six players handed county senior debuts by Malachy O’Rourke last Sunday. Newcomers Karl McQuaid and Barry Hanratty and the returning Owen Coyle had quiet games in the back-line, where John McCarron, in his first game for Monaghan since last January, was arguably the stand-out performer. Wing-forwards Anthony Courtney and Pádraic Keenan were asked to play defensively-minded…


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