CHAMPS BRACED FOR TRUAGH GRIT

5 November 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Never-say-die Truagh heading to St Tiarnach’s Park for County Final

Colm Shalvey reports

The hype in north Monaghan is building for Sunday’s Greenfield Foods Senior Football Championship Final between near-neighbours Scotstown and Truagh. It’s a first ever county-final meeting between these clubs, who go into the game at St. Tiarnach’s Park with very different perspectives.

It’s all a new experience for this young Truagh team, some of whom will have no memories of their back-toback SFC Final losses to Castleblayney in 2000 and 2001. Truagh have been an established senior team since they won the All-Ireland Club IFC in 2014, with John McCarron, Paudie McKenna, Adam Treanor, Eoghan Kelly and Christopher McKenna all retaining starting places from the side that defeated Mayo’s Kiltane at Croke Park.

They made another breakthrough in 2018 to lift their first SFL title since 1975, but they were unable to use that as a platform for further championship progress until this year saw them bridge a 20-year gap to reach Sunday’s decider and fuel hopes of a first Mick Duffy Cup.

An injury pile-up earlier in the season left Truagh understrength going into their Group One campaign, but after losing twice in the space of a week to Scotstown, including in a league quarter-final, they have since gone on a five-game unbeaten run. A comprehensive win away to Carrickmacross was the highlight of Truagh’s group-stage efforts, which they….

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