13 January 2022 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Colm Shalvey

Monaghan can reflect on a productive weekend after shuffling their pack for last weekend’s busy schedule in the Bank of Ireland Dr. McKenna Cup. While some counties saw their group campaigns spread over a week or more, Monaghan’s Section C fixtures were squeezed into the space of 43 hours, which saw 31 players get game-time in the draw with Derry and the win over Fermanagh. Those results were enough to earn Monaghan a place in next Tuesday’s semi-finals, with the pairings yet to be decided, but more importantly, the focus will be on how the panel is shaping up for the upcoming Allianz NFL Division One campaign.


Friday night’s trip to Owenbeg brought a debut for Drumhowan’s Daragh McElearney, who put in a busy performance at wing-back, which he followed up with a cameo in Clones on Sunday. Another graduate from the 2021 Ulster U-20 runners-up, Shane Hanratty, put in a solid 70 minutes in his first senior inter-county start. The Inniskeen defender had also featured off the bench last year. Sunday’s new-look Monaghan team featured four debutants – Corduff’s Fergal Hanratty, Éire Óg midfielder Conor Leonard, Inniskeen defender Shane …

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