June may not have turned out to be such a memorable one for the Monaghan senior team or their talented score getter Conor McManus but he can still look back on the month of May with great satisfaction becaude he lit up the Ulster championship scene with a sparkling display against Tyrone in Healy Park.
The round 2 qualifier draw of the 2018 All-Ireland senior football championship took place this morning on Morning Ireland on RTE Radio 1 and involved all of the defeated provincial semi-finalists against the round 1 winners.
After the disappointment of yesterday's All-Ireland SFC qualifier exit at the hands of Kildare, there was something to cheer about for Derry football fans today as they secured a place in the inaugural Ulster U20 FC final.
Kildare registered their first win in almost a year when goals in either half from Daniel Flynn and Niall Kelly propelled them to a comfortable victory over Derry in their All-Ireland first round qualifier at Owenbeg.
"It was no goal, and it's after costing us a point. But it's dog eat dog in Munster, so it is. We've to come back up here next Sunday and beat Limerick now. When you're not having any luck, you're not having any luck. But I'm so proud of the lads."
Backboned by members of the side that reached last year's All-Ireland minor final, Derry recovered from the concession of two first half goals to pip Donegal in a dramatic Ulster U20FC quarter-final at Healy Park this afternoon.
The Head of Sport Ireland's anti-doping committee has insisted that the GPA was made aware that its members would have to provide their home address to drug testers for them to receive their Government grants.