Monday 29 May 2017

McEneaney admits score 'confusion'

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

MONAGHAN U-21 manager Eamonn McEneaney agreed there was some "confusion" surrounding the scoreline late on in their Ulster semi-final with Tyrone but insisted the matter was closed.

With the Farney men lining up a late '45', the scoreboard at Brewster Park showed they were trailing by two points, prompting a Monaghan attempt to engineer a goal when a point would have been enough to force the game into extra-time.

"It was more or less the last kick of the ball," McEneaney said. "There was some confusion among the players alright, some lads thought we were two points down and others thought there was just one in it. We tried to work it short but it wasn't to be."

It was a cruel irony for McEneaney, who himself converted a famous '45' for Monaghan in the 1985 All-Ireland semi-final to force a replay with Kerry, but he remained philosophical.

"That went against us but that wasn't the real reason we found ourselves in the predicament we were in. We didn't take enough scores. When you get a chance to beat Tyrone you have to take it. These things even themselves out."

Irish Independent

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