MONAGHAN MAY NOT BE TOO FAR OFF MARK

20 August 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

COLM SHALVEY

As the dust settles on an intercounty season that saw Monaghan teams lose three Ulster football finals – the delayed 2020 MFC decider against eventual All-Ireland champions Derry, the U-20s in extra- time v Down and the seniors by the narrowest of margins to Tyrone – Mayo’s presence in another All-Ireland final could give inspiration to many to keep knocking on the door. Some more excitable Monaghan supporters may have even hoped that Tyrone’s Covid-19 issues, which threatened to cause the cancellation of their All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry, might see the beaten Ulster finalists handed a reprieve, but that was never a likely scenario, with the Red Hand County eventually given until Saturday week (August 28) to regroup.

The country was enthralled last Saturday evening as Mayo (fittingly, given all those close calls in the last decade) brought Dublin’s seven-in-a-row bid crashing down in an All-Ireland SFC semi-final epic. The first half had an all-toofamiliar feel to it as Dublin exhibited their usual poise and control, but Mayo turned it around in…

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