independent

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Farney men get O'Rourke off to perfect start

NEW Monaghan boss Malachy O'Rourke got his reign off to a perfect start as his charges got the better of an under-strength St Mary's in this scrappy affair that was played in greasy conditions in Clones.

Monaghan dominated most of the first half with Darren Hughes orchestrating from centre-back, Dick Clerkin controlling midfield and Conor McManus causing the St Mary's defence numerous problems at full-forward.

The Farney men were ahead by seven points at half-time and probably should have been further in front, but poor finishing saw them hit eight wides in that period and 12 in all.

At half-time, the winners led 1-9 to St Mary's 1-2, the Monaghan goal bundled over the line by debutant Pauric Donaghy in the 22nd minute, with Niall Sludden tucking away a major for the students some two minutes before the break.

Monaghan opened the scoring in the second half with a point from a free by Conor McManus after nine minutes, but it was the students who became increasingly dominant and went on to outscore Monaghan in the second period by 0-4 to 1-4, their second goal coming from a penalty by Brendan Herron after a foul on Daniel McKinless. With a little more composure in front of goal they might well have turned it around completely.

Scorers – Monaghan: C McManus 0-5 (2f), P Donaghy 1-0, D Clerkin 0-2, S Smith 0-2, M McElroy, N McAdam, O Duffy and D Malone 0-1 each. St Mary's: B Herron 1-1 (1-0p, 0-1f), D McKinless 0-4 (4f), N Sludden 1-0, O MacIomhair 0-1.

Monaghan – R Beggan; D Mone, F Kelly, K Duffy; M McElroy, D Hughes, K O'Connell; D Clerkin, N McAdam; S Smith, P McArdle, O Duffy; P Donaghy, C McManus, D Malone. Subs: R McNally for K Duffy, C Galligan for K O'Connell, O Lennon for N McAdam, D Hahessy for P Donaghy, S McQuillan for S Smith.

St Mary's – D McAnenly; S Mullan, A Maguire, M Murray; R Loughran, C O'Hara, B Doyle; R O'Callaghan, E McCaffrey; R Sexton, B Herron, N Sludden; D McKinless, J Johnston, J Duffy. Subs: S O'Neill for E McCaffrey, R Johnston for B Doyle, O MacIomhair for A Maguire.

Ref – E McHugh (Tyrone).

Also in this Section

Classifieds

CarsIreland

Independent Shopping.ie

Meet, chat and connect with
singles in your area

Independent Shopping.ie

Meet Singles Now

Findajob

Apps

Now available on

Don't Miss

Top Stories

Celebrity News