MONAGHAN SHOW TRUE GRIT

29 March 2018 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Team Malachy is building save best till last in cracking croker clash with Dubs

Monaghan 2-12
Dublin 0-17
JOHN GRAHAM

Monaghan finished their Allianz Football League Division 1 campaign on a winning note when they inflicted a first defeat on Dublin in this year’s competition, Fintan Kelly plundering that result with a brilliantly executed point 4 minutes into stoppage time at the end of an always interesting if never cutting edge encounter in headquarters on Sunday afternoon last.

However for a game that was effectively a dead rubber, it provided a good level of entertainment for the 22,000 plus crowd and the Dublin supporters who were massed into two sections on Hill 16 brought their own colour to the occasion, although going home somewhat grim faced and disappointed. The Monaghan supporters on the other hand were smiling and buoyant and quite a few dallied in the environs of Croke Park afterwards to savour the taste of victory over the Metropolitans in their own backyard, Monaghan’s thirdtime to achieve that outcome.

There may have been nothing as far as the situation for both teams in division 1 at stake but it was a game too that neither side wanted to lose, as one Dublin pundit put it Jim Gavin doesn’t do defeat, and Malachy O’Rourke was quoted afterwards as saying that the Monaghan players had made a pact that they would give it their best shot and if it came to a close finish, they would…

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