SO NEAR, YET …

6 August 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Jack Madden reports

Déjà vu, again. A one-point margin of defeat was almost written in the stars. Stars that are peering through a sky of cloudy, grey disappointment. These defeats do not get any easier. The footballing brain has reached its capacity, the soakage limit hit. It feels as though there is no more room for new lessons to be learned amongst all the old ones. The record of Tyrone victories over Monaghan at Croke Park extends, a record that was under siege in the second half, but all too comfortable in the first.

There was new management and new players for both sides since the last Championship meeting, but for Monaghan, there was all too little change. Pre-match, it was obvious the battle between the new era goalkeepers Rory Beggan and Niall Morgan would be crucial. Little did we know what would unfold. The expectation on the man between the sticks went up at least a notch, if not several. Two mesmerising..

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