KNOCK-OUT FOOTBALL RETURNS

30 October 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

COLM SHALVEY

It’s championship but not as we have come to know it. When Monaghan and Cavan renew their age-old rivalry in an empty St. Tiarnach’s Park on Saturday afternoon, their SFC hopes in this most condensed campaign will be on the line in a throwback to old-school knock-out football. The teams go into this championship campaign after experiencing contrasting fortunes last weekend, with Monaghan securing a seventh straight year in Division One of the Allianz National Football League and Cavan seeing results go against them as they dropped to the third tier. In typical Monaghan fashion, they didn’t do things the easy way as after a lightning-fast start against Meath in Clones. Monaghan scythed through the Meath defence several times inside the opening quarter, with Mícheál Bannigan making one of those count after excellent play by Conor McManus and Ryan McAnespie to score his first …

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