National - Down v Monaghan

Though kildare made a poor fist of it this evening considering all the hype about them and in particular cian o neill armagh more steelie all round

prideof85 (Monaghan) - Posts:651 - 29/07/2017 21:33:52   2025549


Replying To downtothecore:  "Dissapointed again with our second half no show but all credit to monaghan. Goodluck against the dubs."
Or Tyrone?

realdub (Dublin) - Posts:6301 - 29/07/2017 21:36:21   2025551


Well done on a fine second half display, when we pushed up on the kick outs Down's game plan was finished. Mc Carron (a number 11 for me if ever was one) and Mc Carthy finished the job for us.
Cheap shot on Doogan was unnecessary, but it won't bother him too much. Don't care who we get now, they will be watching the draw hoping not to get us. A performance like today's first half will not do it for us though. But that won't happen next week.
By the way well done to Malachy on his second (out of 4) win at headquarters in the championship. A 50% success rate not too bad for a team that can't win in Croker

mhunicean_abu (Monaghan) - Posts:540 - 29/07/2017 22:59:24   2025600


The team finally showed their wares in that second half tonight. We are now where we expected to be start of the year and should be stern opposition for whoever we get. Important win tonight and the manner of it with the bench having huge impact bodes well.

seanie08 (Monaghan) - Posts:1137 - 30/07/2017 00:17:20   2025637


A great game yesterday and many
congratulations to Monaghan on
their win and best of luck in the
quarter finals.

Well done to Down on a very good
Championship season that much
exceeded expectations. In the
first half I felt Down were the
dominant side and on the balance
of play should have been going in
with a five or six point lead with two
gilt edged goal chances missed.
Another upset looked a distinct
possibility after a terrific first half
display from Down. Monaghan stayed
in the game from frees, a few of which
were very harshly awarded by Maurice

The failure to build up a lead worried
me a bit as we had faded a bit in the
second half against Monaghan and
also in the third quarter against
Tyrone. For the first time this season
in the Championship Monaghan showed their true class in the second half. Their attacking play which had been dull and
inspiring in the first half was transformed
and they looked a completely different
team as they attacked with great skill and
verve. Down found it very difficult to cope
with. Unfortunately Darragh O'Hanlon, who has had terrific Championship season, missed two or three frees in this
period which we needed if we were to try
and stay in touch. Harrison was not serviced as well in the second half but he
was still very dangerous when the ball went in and another couple of goal chances went begging for Down. Monaghan ran out deserving winners.So
1 each this season while it was definitely
also Connaire Harrison 2 Drew Wylie 0
over the two games.

Down have shown much improvement
in this Championship. The pride in the
Down jersey has well and truly been
restored and we can look forward to
the next few years with optimism.

To Monaghan best of luck in the quarter
final. Down and Monaghan have each inflicted some big blows on each other
with today and the 19 point hammering
last season, while we inflicted a couple
of shattering Ulster semi final defeats on
you at the Athletic grounds. Monaghan
are a class act on and off the field. All the
best to you going forward.

REDANDBLACK30 (Down) - Posts:1443 - 30/07/2017 10:44:49   2025752


Really enjoyable game with sone terrific scores. Hard luck to Down, they were the better in the first half but didn't reflect that on the scoreboard. They seemed to tire in the second half and the Monaghan subs made a big impact. I like the Down style of play and they could become a major force is they can imorove over the next few years.

Monaghan finally found their form in the second half yesterday and hopefully they can keep this going next weekend. I thought they looked really laboured in the first half but hung in there. I couldn't see them sticking with Dublin but they could be sticky opponents for Tyrone.

Green_Gold (Donegal) - Posts:932 - 30/07/2017 12:37:51   2025816


Does anyone know who was the co-commentator on the Down v Monaghan match on Sky Sports yesterday?

LetterkennyMan (Donegal) - Posts:378 - 30/07/2017 12:50:26   2025827


Replying To LetterkennyMan:  "Does anyone know who was the co-commentator on the Down v Monaghan match on Sky Sports yesterday?"
Was it Dick Clerkin?

shaggylegend (Monaghan) - Posts:1616 - 30/07/2017 13:17:30   2025841


Replying To LetterkennyMan:  "Does anyone know who was the co-commentator on the Down v Monaghan match on Sky Sports yesterday?"
Dick Clerkin was I believe, neutral as ever I'm sure!

patk (Monaghan) - Posts:562 - 30/07/2017 13:24:23   2025845


Cheers lads, I was thinking it was Dick Clerkin alright. I thought he was very good actually and fairly balanced given his obvious allegiance to the Farney!

LetterkennyMan (Donegal) - Posts:378 - 30/07/2017 13:47:42   2025851