MONAGHAN PULL AWAY FROM LEAGUE AND ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP OPPONENTS CAVAN

22 March 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan 0-14
Cavan 1-08
JOHN GRAHAM

A strong second half performance saw Monaghan end a four game losing sequence to get back to winning ways at the expense of Cavan in this somewhat low-key and at times testy National Football League encounter that was played in blustery and somewhat greasy conditions in Clones on Saturday afternoon last in front of just under 5,000 hardy souls, to give themselves a fighting chance of avoiding relegation. T

his was a must win game for Monaghan and they duly achieved the necessary result but at times tended to make life difficult for themselves and also had to contend with some rather erratic and at times confounding refereeing decisions from the Kildare official who was handling his first Allianz League division 1 encounter and struggled with some of the bigger calls.

Monaghan could feel aggrieved that they were denied a first half penalty, that a number of high tackles went unpunished and Conor McManus was subjected to some uncompromising attention throughout but with little or no protection. For Monaghan, the game saw the return to active service of Conor Boyle and he put in a strong performance, moving to full back immediately after the start, as the Monaghan defence rallied repeatedly…

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