Saffrons no match for Monaghan

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Saffrons no match for Monaghan thumbnailMonagahanís Michael Banniganin manages to slip his marker, Antrimís Conor Hamill, during Sundayís Dr McKenna Cup game.


ANTRIM'S Dr McKenna Cup ambitions are over following this seventeen point thumping by Monaghan at Glenavy.
Despite a midweek game to come against Fermanagh, which is purely academic following an opening round one point defeat by the students of St Mary's University College, it is hard to ascertain exactly what has been achieved by joint managers Frank Fitzsimmons and Gaeroid Adams, after their experimental side failed miserably to the might of Monaghan.
They simply were never in this second round tie, falling behind to three early points from which they never recovered and when Monaghan struck with a twenty third minute goal, it was all over at the break when they found themselves nine points back at, 1-9 to 0-3.
While they did pick up a further six points in the second thirty five minutes, the visitors always dictated the terms with a final late goal completing the thumping.
“There was a bit of naivety among some of our the younger boys," was the comment from Gearoid Adams after the game. "They're not playing Antrim club football any more, they're playing at a different level."
This indeed was the case and whether many of the new players can be brought up to that level remains to be seen.
On examination of the starting line outs Monaghan had eight Ulster championship players on view but without Conor McManus while Antrim had a litany of new faces making the outcome fairly inevitable.


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