ULSTER RIVALS FACE-OFF

28 May 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Division One status on the line as Monaghan seek much-needed win

Colm Shalvey reports

An Allianz National Football League Division One North campaign that has caught the imagination of many for the free-flowing nature of the games to date looks set to go down to the wire on Saturday night. Following Tyrone’s win over Armagh in round two and the high-scoring draw between Monaghan and Donegal, all four Ulster rivals have plenty to play for in the final round, with qualification for the semi-finals and avoiding the relegation play-offs the target for each team.

Monaghan’s full focus will be on their latest derby against Tyrone in Omagh as they look to build on a much-improved performance in Ballybofey to get a much-needed win to their name. Monaghan left Donegal’s fortress Mac Cumhaill Park frustrated at having let the win slip out of their hands, but the quality of much of their attacking play will have given renewed hope of a return to winning ways. Having kept the faith with a youthful forward line, where the most experienced figure, Conor McCarthy, stole the show with a superb hat-trick, Monaghan did untold damage to the Donegal defence, although a rally by the resilient hosts saw them salvage a share of the spoils and protect their lengthy unbeaten…

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