Thursday 27 October 2016

McManus class too much for Cavan to handle

Monaghan had to work hard to get the better of neighbours Cavan in a very lively and at times entertaining Ulster quarter-final.

It was a game that was in the balance deep into injury time but Monaghan deserved to go through, largely down to their experienced players who took control of the game with 20 minutes left.

At that stage Cavan led by four but the introduction of Stephen Gollogly, Dick Clerkin and Colin Walshe gave Monaghan a platform to build attack after attack.

With the supply lines re-opened to a quality forward like Conor McManus (right), the game changed and Monaghan kicked five scores on the trot to edge ahead with ten minutes to play.

Cavan managed to level it with a point from sub Martin Dunne but in the end it was the quality and experience that Malachy O'Rourke could throw in that proved the big difference.

McManus was terrific, despite being double-marked for most of the game. Monaghan are now clear favourites to go all the way to the provincial final while Cavan must get their heads around the qualifiers for another year.

If they stop conceding frees and manage to find a goalscorer they could go a long way.

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