MONAGHAN MAKE IMPACT IN ULSTER

4 November 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By COLM SHALVEY

The busy schedule continues, with attention turning to the SFL and IFL after Toome’s JFL Final win and a clean sweep for Monaghan teams in Ulster earned last weekend’s headlines.

Toome joined Blackhill in jumping to intermediate football after a long gap when they won Sunday’s Eurotech JFL Final against Seán McDermotts at Gavan Duffy Park. The Seáns looked to be on their way to redeeming themselves after their championship final loss to Blackhill when they raced into a six-point lead within the first ten minutes, but they were outscored by 3-12 to 0-4 from then on as the game turned on its head.

Danny McNally palmed home a fourth-minute goal to cap a strong start by the Seáns, but his afternoon was cut short by injury before half-time and although that allowed for the introduction of Damien Larkin, the veteran sharp-shooter never really got into the game. Three fine points by James Wilson helped Toome cut their deficit to the minimum by the end of the first half and they won the second period by 2-7 to 0-1. Wilson scored 2-1 in four minutes inside the final quarter to put the result beyond doubt, with his first goal coming from a penalty that he himself had won.

The Seáns made three changes to the defence that struggled to get to grips with Blackhill’s attack in the JFC decider, but it was a similar story here, with tricky corner-forward Wilson proving a thorn in their side, with good support from his county minor team-mate Frank Connolly and Liam McCooey, while the strong running of Jason Murphy and Seán McMahon launched several Toome attacks.

Having won a first Dr. Ward Cup since 1975, Toome follow in the footsteps of Blackhill and last year’s JFL winners Killanny in making their long-awaited rise out of the junior ranks and they have a you…
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