20 January 2017 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Competition for places for the upcoming National Football League campaign is starting to heat up in an encouraging start to the year for Monaghan. by COLM SHALVEY

Monaghan followed up a hard-earned Bank of Ireland Dr. McKenna Cup Section B opening-round win against Fermanagh with a much easier victory over Antrim in Glenavy on Sunday and they were back in action last night (Wednesday) against St. Mary’s University, Belfast at Inniskeen.

Following the comprehensive dismissal of a weakened Antrim team, a win or a draw at Páirc Grattan last night was all Monaghan needed to secure a place in the semi-finals and even a defeat might not have ended their chance of a knock-out place, depending on other results. It all means a high probability that Malachy O’Rourke will have another chance to test his panel this Sunday, having already given game time to 28 players prior to the St. Mary’s game.

Monaghan had it all their own way in Glenavy last weekend as they earned a second win in the space of seven days; running up the county’s record score in a Dr. McKenna Cup game in the process. 11 players contributed to that tally of 2-20, with the goals coming from Colin …

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