15 January 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Armagh 0-16

Monaghan 2-09


A more resilient Armagh staged a strong final quarter to come from being five points in arrears at the three quarter stage to eke out the narrowest of victories in this fairly low-key and at times scrappy Dr McKenna Cup game that was played in bright, if somewhat greasy conditions, in Clones on Sunday last.

Monaghan made ten changes from the team that started against Ulster University in their previous outing, giving senior debuts to Rockcorry trio Jamie Smith, Niall McKeown and Fergal McGeough as well as Blackhill’s Donal Courtney, with Daryl Traynor of Killanny coming on as a substitute for his first taste of county football.The game also saw the welcome return to first team action of full back Drew Wylie.

Armagh showed three changes from their last outing against Cavan but were then forced to make another pre-match change as Charlie Vernon was ruled out.

Midfield dominance was a key element in this Armagh victory as they more than shaded the exchanges in that middle third, although the loss of Neil McAdam to a black card early on did not help Monaghan’s cause in that regard. McAdam could feel harshly done by as he had been the subject of two body checks earlier on that went totally unpunished and that lack of consistency was evident again in the early minutes of the second-half when Armagh’s Eugene McVerry got away with a yellow card for a challenge on Colin Walshe that could well have merited a red card and was certainly a black card offence.

That said though Armagh showed the greater resolve and they used possession very effectively, particularly in the final quarter, as they….


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