4 August 2017 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Colm Shalvey

Monaghan will bid to win an All-Ireland SFC quarter-final at the fifth time of asking when they take on Dublin at Croke Park on Saturday evening.Saturday’s double-header, which starts with the Ulster derby between Tyrone and Armagh, is set to be Croke Park’s first sell-out of 2017. Monaghan booked their place in the last eight for the fourth time in five years via a Round 4B Qualifier win over Down last Saturday; only the county’s second SFC win at GAA Headquarters since 1930 and the first to be achieved in 70 minutes.

Like the only previous championship win over Kildare in extra-time in 2014, the prize is a shot at Dublin a week later. The eight-point winning margin last weekend told little of the story of a game where Monaghan needed a strong second-half performance to reverse their Ulster semi-final defeat against the Mourne County.

Monaghan were fortunate to go in level at half-time, but they upped their game after the restart to earn …

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