4 January 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Plenty of ‘game time’ for fringe players

With the 2019 Bank of Ireland Dr. McKenna Cup up and running before the new Year, Monaghan rounded off the calendar year with a 13th win from 20 fixtures at the expense of Antrim in Clones last saturday. Just one player made his senior inter-county debut, namely Jamie Walshe, but it was still a much-changed Monaghan team, which showed nine changes from august’s All Ireland SFC semi-final against Tyrone.

It was a low number of newcomers for a McKenna Cup game – on the same weekend that Donegal fielded without a single debutant against Queen’s – but several fringe players made their case for further involvement, albeit against a similarly experimental Antrim side. Chief among those was Micheál…

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