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Monaghan V Cavan - Ulster Championship 2017

They said ' it would be a very close game'; there will only be a point in it either way'; 'It will be a tough game to win'; 'Cavan are no push-overs'; - some of the comments I heard in the week leading up to the Ulster Championship Quarter-final between Monaghan and Cavan which would be played at Breffni Park. The weather was far from clement with heavy showers and a stiff wind blowing down the pitch. Monaghan was against it for the first half and were able to keep Cavan to within two points at the interval. It could have been level as Monaghan squandered a number of chances. Although a number of the key players were not getting into the game they were doing enough to stay in touch with the hope that the second half would bring a more determined response. The second half was definitely more intense and Cavan did their utmost to rise their markers into a foolish reaction. The game was now fast and furious and hard tackles were the order of the day with little protection for players from the application of the rules. Conor McManus's goal was a beauty and gave the rest of the team a breather and reduced the pressure somewhat. The Black Card could have been a lift for Cavan but Monaghan kept focused on the job and pounced full commitment on every ball. Then the gasps when the ball rebounded off the upright but it was a quick exhale of relief as the referee blew full time. 1 - 15 to 0 - 15 - it was close and one score between them. Maybe I'm biased but in the end the better team won on the day. Next up is Down in the Athletics Grounds on Saturday June 24th at 7.00pm. They are no push-overs either.