CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON UP AND RUNNING

3 September 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

COLM SHALVEY

The Monaghan Football Championship season is up and running, with the second round of group games taking place this weekend. The regular reminder that league form (perhaps more so than ever this year) comes with a health warning arrived last weekend, as the likes of Scotstown, Inniskeen, Latton and Aughnamullen reversed recent league defeats to make winning starts to their championship campaigns. Scotstown gave a reminder of their determination to retain the SFC with a convincing win over Magheracloone.

The holders made light of the absence of Conor McCarthy to rack up 3-17, with Shane Carey hitting 2-6. Magheracloone had only conceded 1-33 in three consecutive wins in topping Group Two of the SFL, but they leaked more than double their previous average as they struggled to contain a Scotstown attack that found their flow early on. The closest contest of the opening weekend in the SFC saw Ballybay hold off a late rally from Clontibret, having led by eight points at half-time, while Inniskeen put a winless run in the league behind…

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