4 February 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan     0-16

Louth                2-09


Monaghan made a winning start to their 2016 Shamrock Cup campaign when they held out for the narrowest of victories over Louth in this free-flowing and entertaining contest that was played in difficult, windy conditions at Darver on Friday evening last.

Monaghan led at half-time by 0-10 to 1-4, Adam Treanor with the bulk of the Monaghan points while Darragh Lafferty found the Monaghan net for the home side.

Turning to play against the near gale force wind in the second half Monaghan worked hard on their possession game and caught Louth on a number of counter attacks that always gave them a slight advantage.

Going into the final 10 minutes Monaghan opened a six points gap having registered five unanswered points between the sixth and 20th minutes but Louth finished strongly to pull back an unanswered 1-2, all by livewire corner forward Cian Doyle, to leave one between them at the finish.

Monaghan got off to a lively start with a brace of points by Adam Treanor in the opening two minutes, one from a free, and then one apiece from Michael O’Dowd and Barry McBennett to open a four points lead.

Louth opened with a brace from frees by Cian Doyle but Monaghan pushed three ahead with a good score from Donal Meegan following good work by Jamie Walsh and James Mealiff, who was impressive throughout from his centre back berth.

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