MINORS SURVIVE LATE SCARE TO TAKE DIRECT ROUTE AND FACE REMATCH WITH TYRONE

3 May 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

COLM SHALVEY COMMENTARY

Monaghan advanced to a rematch with Tyrone in the winners’ group of the Electric Ireland Ulster Minor Football Championship after surviving a major scare at a wet and windy Corrigan Park last Saturday.

With six straight wins in the provincial series since losing to Derry after extra-time in the first round just over 12 months ago and having inflicted a heavy defeat on Antrim on their way to last month’s Ulster MFL Final, Monaghan travelled to Belfast as strong favourites, but they had to dig deep to edge through in a low-scoring game badly affected by very difficult conditions.

Like when the counties met at the same venue in last year’s competition, Monaghan were forced to get through more than half of this game with 14 players – this time after the dismissal of team captain Jason Irwin on a second yellow card – but unlike that 15-point demolition in 2018, the visitors had to hold on tight in the closing minutes to build on their opening- round win over Down.

Irwin, Liam McDonald and Darragh Dempsey had kicked two points apiece to put Monaghan in the driving seat, but Antrim stayed in touch and when Joe McNally punched to the net deep into added time, the..

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