Articles tagged with: Dr McKenna Cup

THE FEEL-GOOD-FACTOR IS BUILDING AND ALL THAT’S MISSING IS A BIT OF SILVERWARE …

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25 Jan 2013 Comments Off on THE FEEL-GOOD-FACTOR IS BUILDING AND ALL THAT’S MISSING IS A BIT OF SILVERWARE …
THE FEEL-GOOD-FACTOR IS BUILDING AND ALL THAT’S MISSING IS A BIT OF SILVERWARE …

BY JOHN GRAHAM MONAGHAN V TYRONE Having got out of gaol against Down on Sunday last in the semi-final Monaghan now head back to the Athletic Grounds this Saturday to take on the holders Tyrone in the final of the 2013 Dr McKenna Cup. After Monaghan disposed of the Down challenge Tyrone had simply too much pace and power for Fermanagh whom they accounted for easily in the second semi-final but Tyrone manager Mickey Harte will certainly be looking for an all-round improvement if they are to retain their title. Following last Sunday’s semi-final ...

MONAGHAN QUALIFY FOR DR MCKENNA CUP DECIDER

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25 Jan 2013 Comments Off on MONAGHAN QUALIFY FOR DR MCKENNA CUP DECIDER
MONAGHAN QUALIFY FOR DR MCKENNA CUP DECIDER

Monaghan 1-12 Down 0-13 BY JOHN GRAHAM MONAGHAN pulled this game out of the fire with three unanswered points between the 34th and 37th minutes to book their place in the final of the Dr McKenna Cup for the first time since 2003. By that stage Monaghan could have been well behind such was the dominance of Down and the fractured nature of Monaghan’s display but to their credit they stuck to the task and it eventually came right. Played in difficult conditions this was a game where there was never very much between the ...

RETURNING HUGHES HELPS MONAGHAN DROWN DONEGAL

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18 Jan 2013 Comments Off on RETURNING HUGHES HELPS MONAGHAN DROWN DONEGAL
RETURNING HUGHES HELPS MONAGHAN DROWN DONEGAL

Monaghan 3-16 Donegal 1-05 MONAGHAN cruised to what was ultimately a facile victory over a totally makeshift Donegal side in this quite one-sided Dr McKenna Cup second-round match that was played in our difficult conditions in Ballybofey in front of a crowd of less than 1’000 on Sunday last. This game was only a contest for a short period in the first half when Donegal got the margin back to a single point with six minutes remaining in the first half but thereafter it was a veritable procession as Monaghan increased the tempo ...

DONEGAL VICTORY GIVES GROUNDS FOR OPTIMISM FOR NEW LOOK MONAGHAN SIDE

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18 Jan 2013 Comments Off on DONEGAL VICTORY GIVES GROUNDS FOR OPTIMISM FOR NEW LOOK MONAGHAN SIDE
DONEGAL VICTORY GIVES GROUNDS FOR OPTIMISM FOR NEW LOOK MONAGHAN SIDE

Panel building, not giant killing, is boss O’Rourke’s main concern as he begins to shape his National League squad. by COLM SHALVEY Monaghan may have been facing a makeshift Donegal team in last Sunday’s Power NI Dr. McKenna Cup match in Ballybofey, but 17-point win (scoring 3-16 in the process) has to be a welcome boost to confidence. Monaghan were totally on top from the start and a three-point lead was scant reward for their first-half dominance, after Adrian Hanlon found the net for Donegal, against the run of play. The visitors ...

THINGS HOT UP IN THE DR MCKENNA CUP

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18 Jan 2013 Comments Off on THINGS HOT UP IN THE DR MCKENNA CUP
THINGS HOT UP IN THE DR MCKENNA CUP

Following the results of the second round of matches in this year’s McKenna Cup competition things are quite finely balanced as to who will proceed to the semi finals following the final round of games last night, Wednesday. In Section A the winners between Monaghan and Fermanagh will go straight through while a draw would mean that scoring averages will decide the issue. The winners of Section A will play the winners of Section B where Down look to be in pole position with two points if they took the result ...

O’ROURKE STARTS REVIVAL MISSION WITH WELCOME WIN

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11 Jan 2013 Comments Off on O’ROURKE STARTS REVIVAL MISSION WITH WELCOME WIN
O’ROURKE STARTS REVIVAL MISSION WITH WELCOME WIN

Monaghan 1-13 St Mary’s University 2-06 BY JOHN GRAHAM MONAGHAN got their 2013 season off to a winning start and repeated their 2012 win over St. Mary’s University, Belfast when they had four points to spare over the students this time around. Both sides indulged in a degree of experimentation in this opening Dr McKenna Cup game that was played in difficult conditions in Clones on Sunday last in front of a crowd of 856 patrons. St Mary’s were missing a number of players due to county involvement and injuries while Monaghan manager Malachy O’Rourke ...

FEET FIRMLY ON GROUND DESPITE WINNING START TO MCKENNA CUP

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11 Jan 2013 Comments Off on FEET FIRMLY ON GROUND DESPITE WINNING START TO MCKENNA CUP
FEET FIRMLY ON GROUND DESPITE WINNING START TO MCKENNA CUP

New Monaghan manager will take the positives as his side passes the University exam – but toughers tests await by COLM SHALVEY … Nobody is going to get carried away with a four-point win over an understrength St. Mary’s University side in the first round of the Power NI Dr. McKenna Cup, but there were a few reasons to be positive in Monaghan’s performance in Clones last Sunday. New manager Malachy O’Rourke will be happy with how his team performed in the first half, but he will know that they still ...

SIX NEWCOMERS IN MONAGHAN’S DR. MCKENNA CUP PANEL

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14 Dec 2012 Comments Off on SIX NEWCOMERS IN MONAGHAN’S DR. MCKENNA CUP PANEL
SIX NEWCOMERS IN MONAGHAN’S DR. MCKENNA CUP PANEL

BY COLM SHALVEY The Monaghan panel has been named for the 2013 Dr. McKenna Cup, with Malachy O’Rourke opting for a mixture of youth and experience. New to the panel are defender Owen Coyle, midfielders Gerard McArdle and Shane McQuillan and forwards Pauric Donaghy, Donal Hahessy and Keith McEnaney, while attacker Martin McElroy returns after playing no part last year. Fellow forwards Stephen Smyth and Paul McArdle retain their places after being called up during 2012, while Ballybay midfielder Thomas O’Neill is back after also playing in last year’s McKenna Cup. Established players like ...

DESPITE THE SHADOW BOXING, CREAM RISES TO THE TOP IN DR MCKENNA CUP

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26 Jan 2012 Comments Off on DESPITE THE SHADOW BOXING, CREAM RISES TO THE TOP IN DR MCKENNA CUP
DESPITE THE SHADOW BOXING, CREAM RISES TO THE TOP IN DR MCKENNA CUP

BY KEVIN CARNEY So much for the Dr. McKenna Cup being a planet removed from mother Earth. Football’s bluebloods have all but finished swatting each other in this season’s Ulster’s subsidiary competition and, already, it’s clear that the cream has risen to the top. By dint of their handsome 2-12 to 1-4 semi-final win last weekend, Tyrone can now prepare for their eighth McKenna Cup final inside the last ten years. Meanwhile, holders Derry are now just 70 minutes away from back-to-back titles, having overcome Down by 0-11 to 0-9 in their penultimate round ...

MONAGHAN STRUGGLING TO MAKE AN IMPACT

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20 Jan 2012 Comments Off on MONAGHAN STRUGGLING TO MAKE AN IMPACT
MONAGHAN STRUGGLING TO MAKE AN IMPACT

By John Graham In their opening game against Armagh, Down demonstrated their intent for the coming season with a resounding performance and victory and they sent out another message in Clones on Sunday last as they powered to victory over a disappointing if considerably under strength Monaghan side in this largely one-way contest that attracted an attendance of just over 2000 people. Down laid the foundation for this victory with two scintillating periods either side of half-time, the first that yielded 2-4 in the final 10 minutes of the first half and ...