BREATHTAKING MCMANUS GOAL CLINCHES CLASH

16 June 2017 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Colm Shalvey reports

Monaghan are through to their sixth consecutive Ulster Senior Football Championship semi-final after denying neighbours Cavan once again last Sunday. There were strong parallels with Monaghan’s 2013 and 2015 ‘Drumlin derby’ wins as Malachy O’Rourke’s side advanced by a narrow margin, with Conor McManus proving the difference between the teams.

The two-time All-Star earned a third consecutive SFC Man-of-the-Match award against Cavan by scoring 1-4, including the decisive goal on 59 minutes. That came at the end of a swift Monaghan attack, started by Rory Beggan’s short kick-out, with Conor McCarthy and Owen Duffy injecting pace, before the latter picked out McManus, who had brilliantly turned on his heels to evade Pádraig Faulkner.

He then skipped past Conor Moynagh and slid the ball coolly under Raymond Galligan for the only goal of the game and one of just two goals in these teams’ last three championship clashes (both of which were scored by Monaghan). Cavan had held a…
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