Thursday 19 October 2017

Farney Army in freefall as Fermanagh cut loose

The Fermanagh footballers stand for the National Anthem in their newly-designed trim jerseys before yesterday’s clash with Monaghan
The Fermanagh footballers stand for the National Anthem in their newly-designed trim jerseys before yesterday’s clash with Monaghan
Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

The decline of the Monaghan football team in the past few months has been astonishing and yesterday marked the lowest point of all when they were absolutely outclassed in every area of the field by Fermanagh.

This was the best performance from Fermanagh since their glory days in Croke Park a few years ago brought them to an All-Ireland semi-final. But what really impressed me was the style of play used in the magnificently redeveloped Brewster Park in Enniskillen. Forget all the talk, real or imagined, of Ulster football. This was simply wonderful open, exciting and, above all, brave and adventurous football, the sort of play that is all too rare in these days of packed defences and negative play as a tactic.

Fermanagh played with total bravery in the physical stakes but, more importantly, in the psychology factor which was crucial for a county that rarely wins a major game n the Ulster Championship.

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