5 November 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard


“Are they out?” That innocuous three-word question from Malachy Clerkin’s wife to The Irish Times sportswriter started his Monday column that succinctly summed up Monaghan supporters’ frustration at watching from afar as the county made a painful exit from the championship last Saturday. A miserable, wet early afternoon at a St. Tiarnach’s Park considerably emptier than it would have been for a McKenna Cup shadow-boxing exercise made for the strangest backdrop to the latest instalment of the age-old rivalry between Monaghan and Cavan, but the game would eventually produce surely one of the most action-packed finishes seen at the home of Ulster football.

The late drama had all seemed so unlikely when Monaghan put a false start behind them to take a commanding lead in at half-time. A brilliant opportunistic finish by Oisín Pierson helped Cavan take a fourpoint lead early on as they made a near-perfect start while playing into the elements, but Monaghan regained their composure and despite wasting several goal…

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