ULSTER SHOWDOWN AT CLONES

20 June 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan ‘Armed’ for battle in local derby

COLM SHALVEY COMMENTARY

Monaghan face another Ulster derby when Armagh make the familiar journey to Clones for Saturday’s All-Ireland SFC Round 2 Qualifier. Armagh have been infrequent visitors to Clones in recent years, with their first-round extra-time win over Down being their first time to clear the Ulster first round since 2002 All-Ireland-winning captain Kieran McGeeney took charge of his native county for the 2015 campaign.

This is Armagh’s third game at St. Tiarnach’s Park this month, however, after their provincial semi-final against Cavan went to a replay, which saw the Breffni men win a high-scoring shoot-out. Cavan, of course, had ended Monaghan’s Ulster hopes in the previous round, but Malachy O’Rourke’s side got back to winning ways in a tense arm-wrestle with Fermanagh last time out.

It has been a campaign where Monaghan have struggled to build any momentum, with this weekend’s game seeing the 2018 All-Ireland semi-finalists, who had a six-game unbeaten run through…

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