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Monaghan V Dublin NFL

What a day it was in Clones on Sunday, Aprril 2nd 2017 when the Monaghan seniors took on Dublin in the National Football League Division 1 with a place in the final on the table. Dublin has been classed as 'unbeatable', 'class', and 'invincible' but Monaghan showed that they can be overcome and were it not for a couple of mistakes in the dying minutes of this game Monaghan would have toppled the unbeatables. It was a great day to be a Monaghan supporter and witness the passion, energy, skill and determination of the Monaghan players. They put their hearts and souls into it and had the fitness to sustain constant attacking movements and intercept an advancing Dublin squad. The loss of Darren Hughes unsettled the team somewhat but they soon got back in their stride. It was a hard decision and is not an occasion where the Black Card was meant to be used as far as I am concerned and it was not applied for worse offences later in the game, when, in my estimation, it was the proper penalty. It was a tough physical game but the Monaghan lads showed that they wanted to play football despite the physicality of their opponents. Final score was 2 - 15 to 1 - 15., just one score between them. It would have been nice to win but perhaps it is best not to have another tough game within a week and the Championship looming on the horizon. It does send out a message to all Ulster teams and beyond - Monaghan has new players and already they are stepping up to the mark for the county and Monaghan has the potential of recovering the Anglo Celt Cup. We have much to look forward to but well done to players and management on a terrific performance against this Dublin side. During the interval in Clones the U10's got an opportunity to display their talents and to play in front of a big crowd. All of them I'm sure have the hope of one day representing Monaghan.

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