Thursday 22 February 2018

the game at a glance

Man of the match

Dick Clerkin (Monaghan)

Never shirked a challenge and worked unceasingly even when Monaghan were on the back foot in the second half.

Turning point

Tommy Freeman's arrival on the pitch in the second half just after Antrim's goal. He lifted the home side and scored two vital points.

Talking point

When will Antrim beat Monaghan? They had the chances but wasted too many scoring opportunities.

Magic moment

The five-man move that ended with James Loughrey powering home Antrim's goal in the 45th minute.

Ref watch

Maurice Deegan didn't find favour with Antrim boss Liam Bradley for a few of his decisions, but he gave a solid and competent performance.

What they said

Eamonn McEneaney

(Monaghan manager):

"We got a great start. We got a goal and it should have settled the team down, but we gave the ball away far too many times."

Liam Bradley (Antrim manager):

"We had plenty of opportunities of getting those scores. We didn't push on after the goal."

Match statistics

Wides: Monaghan 9 (4 first half); Antrim 9 (7).

Frees: Monaghan 19 (11); Antrim 20 (11).

Yellow cards: Monaghan 3 (D Mone 22, O Lennon 40, K O'Connell 59; Antrim 3 ( A Healy 54, T Scullion 56, B Neeson 66).

Red cards: Monaghan 0; Antrim 0.

Attendance: 8,804.

What next?

Monaghan play semi-final on June 24 against the winners of Fermanagh v Down, who play next Sunday; Antrim go into the qualifiers.

Irish Independent

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