18 June 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Colm Shalvey reports

Monaghan teams don’t often do things the easy way and that was certainly the case in a weekend where three county senior sides saw crucial league games go right down to the wire. The county’s senior men, ladies and hurlers were all involved in cracking games inside just over 24 hours, earning two one-point wins (one in extratime) while losing one in a free-taking shoot-out; having scored a combined 4- 52 while conceding 6-44.

The last-gasp Allianz NFL Division One Relegation Play-Off win against Galway was arguably the pick of the games on a packed weekend of league action, building as it did to dramatic conclusions to normal time and to extra-time. Monaghan showed some admirable resilience to stay in the game when at times it looked as if Galway, who hit the net at the end of the first and second quarters, were set to pull away, particularly when the hosts spent 20 minutes of the second half reduced to 14 men.

Having trailed by five points late on, however, Monaghan found another gear during the closing stages; displaying composure when the game was in the melting pot to end their long wait for a win and secure another year in the top flight. For all Galway’s slick attacking play, which could easily have earned them more than two majors, it should be noted…

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