A SPARK OF LIGHT AFTER THE TOUGHEST WEEK

23 July 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A game “as blistering as the Newry sun” saw Monaghan rise above tragedy to edge closer to Ulster glory – JACK MADDEN was there

A minute’s silence where time stood still. Sixty seconds perfectly observed. How we wish we will never see the likes of it ever again. On Saturday morning there was much doubt surrounding the first of the 2021 Ulster semi-finals. Word came through that the game would indeed go ahead. According to the BBC before throw-in, the Monaghan team had met on Saturday morning and agreed to fulfil the fixture.

According to Séamus McEnaney post-match, they did not. “We were never offered. We had to go ahead with the game”. Win, lose, or draw Monaghan are to be commended. From one to fifteen, the bench, the squad, the management, the manager himself. Only last week McEnaney lost a great personal friend in the shape of Monaghan GAA sponsor Phil Traynor, only to be struck with the grief of the passing of his 2018 minor captain.

Monaghan GAA were quick to step in and cancel all club fixtures. Whether Ulster GAA, Sky Sports, or both were responsible for deciding the game was to go ahead does not really matter. Sometimes…

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