11 June 2017 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The age-old rivalry between Monaghan and Cavan continues in this Sunday’s Ulster Senior Football Championship quarter-final derby clash.Monaghan have held the edge in the most recent summer meetings with their neighbours, but they will need little reminding that both the 2013 and 2015 games went right down to the wire.

Monaghan held on to win by a point in Clones en route to ending a 25-year Ulster drought in 2013 and this is their second visit to Breffin Park in three summers after effective cameos by several substitutes helped them escape to victory in 2015, before they again went on to lift the provincial title. Sunday’s venue was the scene of the end of Monaghan’s Ulster reign against Donegal last year, but they will be determined to take another step towards a fourth provincial final appearance of Malachy O’Rourke’s fifth campaign in charge. Monaghan already have a win to their name this summer, having pulled away from Fermanagh in the second half of their preliminary- round clash just under three weeks ago.

Cavan haven’t played a competitive game since their loss in Roscommon on April 2 confirmed a quick return to Division Two of the Allianz National Football League. Mattie Mc- Gleenan has since had just over two months to prepare for his first SFC game in charge of the Breffni men, who took a draw from their trip to Castleblayney for a dour game in February. Cavan had taken some fine form into the last round of the league via a win over Mayo…

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