ON TOP OF THE TABLE

3 March 2017 No Comments by The Northern Standard

busy week for county teams, Monaghan will be bidding to stretch their unbeaten run in the Allianz National Football League Division One when they make the much shorter trip to Omagh for round four on Saturday evening.

Last Sunday’s win away to Kerry put Monaghan top of the table ahead of this local derby, which comes just six days after the Healy Park pitch was unplayable for Tyrone’s scheduled clash with Cavan. All involved will be hoping for an improvement in the weather in the next few days to help conditions for this game.

The floodlights memorably lost power in this fixture two years ago, but the half-hour delay didn’t affect the momentum Monaghan were building up at the time, as they re-established control to run out convincing winners. Tyrone went on to be relegated to Division Two, but they bounced back with an unbeaten campaign last spring, having also returned to haunt Monaghan in the summer of 2015, knocking the then Ulster champions out of the championship at the All-Ireland quarter-final stage for the second time in three years.

After winning a first provincial title since 2010 last year, before being edged out of the All-Ireland series by Mayo, Tyrone are bidding to return to the top table in Mickey Harte’s 15th year at the helm. They started 2017 by winning a sixth consecutive Dr. McKenna Cup and have also started the league unbeaten. A comfortable home win over Roscommon was followed by a draw with Dublin that underlined …
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