Tuesday 16 January 2018

Game At A Glance

MAN OF THE MATCH

Conor McManus (Monaghan)

McManus notched six points of his team's overall tally and each score from him was badly needed. Apart from that, he was always lively and looking to hurt the opposition.

TURNING POINT

The introduction of Monaghan talisman Paul Finlay in the 44th minute and of another key man, Dick Clerkin, in the 50th minute. In such a low-scoring game, their steadying influence and Finlay's couple of points were vital.

TALKING POINT

Now that they're through to an Ulster final with a hardened core of experienced players, can this Monaghan side come up with a plan to penetrate Donegal's version of the Iron Curtain and go one better than Down?

MAGIC MOMENT

A classy, important point by Monaghan's Conor McManus in the 62nd minute when he caught the ball with his back to goal, swivelled and punted it over the bar in one swift, decisive movement.

REF WATCH

Marty Duffy raised the ire of Cavan supporters by not penalising Monaghan 'keeper Rory Beggan for over-carrying. A big decision because a free would almost certainly have resulted in a draw.

WHAT THEY SAID

Malachy O'Rourke (Monaghan manager):

"In the second half we had to up our intensity levels, use the ball better and get the right man on the ball – and I thought we did that better. I'm just delighted to be in the final."

Terry Hyland (Cavan manager):

"A typical Ulster championship match. There was only a point in it at the end. We felt we might have snatched a draw but fair play to Monaghan, they were probably slightly the better team on the day."

MATCH STATISTICS

Wides:

Monaghan 12 (5 first half)

Cavan 10 (5)

Frees:

Monaghan 21 (5)

Cavan 26 (14)

Yellow cards:

Monaghan 4 (D Wylie 25, D Hughes 40, P Donaghy 65, D Clerkin 70)

Cavan 3 (J McEnroe 41, K Brady 45, T Corr 70)

Red cards:

Monaghan 0

Cavan 0

WHAT'S NEXT?

Monaghan take on the All-Ireland champions Donegal in the Ulster final on July 21; Cavan go into the draw for the next phase of qualifiers.

Irish Independent

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