HURLERS COUNT THE COST OF A LOT OF MISSED COLM OPPORTUNITIES

12 November 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Colm Shalvey reports

TYRONE 2-19
MONAGHAN.1-12

Monaghan’s long-standing status in the Nicky Rackard Cup ended with last Saturday’s Round 2B defeat at home to Tyrone. Monaghan are the only county to have competed in each of the first 16 years of the Nicky Rackard, having never gone up to the Christy Ring or down to the Lory Meagher, but they are set to drop down to the bottom tier for 2021, with the GAA set to relegate two teams from this year’s competition.

Monaghan, who had maintained their Nicky Rackard status via relegation play-offs on a couple of occasions, including a dramatic win over Louth last year, fell to back-to-back defeats in recent weeks as they finished the disjointed 2020 campaign with just one win to their name.

A first-round task against competition favourites Mayo was never likely to prove fruitful, with the Connacht side going on to rack up huge tallies against both Monaghan and Tyrone on their way to the semi-finals. A local derby against Tyrone did offer a greater chance….

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