Drew Wylie took the positives from the manner in which Ballybay fought back to salvage a point from yesterday’s Monaghan SFC clash with champions Clontibret.
Wylie and his club-mates led by 1-6 to 0-5 at the change of ends but, ultimately, had to kick the last two points of the game to earn a share of the spoils after Vinny Corey had found the back of their net via a rebound from a Conor McManus penalty attempt.
It finished 1-9 apiece and, speaking to RTE Radio 1’s Sunday Sport, the Farney County star said: "The penalty the goal came at the wrong time for ourselves. It sort of sparked a bit of life into Clontibret, and really put the pressure on. We finished strong. I suppose it's good on our behalf.
"You can play all the challenge matches you want, but until you really play the competitive championship football in your own county... that's when it really matters.
"A lot of the boys worked hard all over the pitch. We were getting good turnovers, but in saying that we gave the ball away a lot in the first-half.
"It mightn't have shown, but we heard about it at half-time. We didn't pick up where we left off in the first-half, but Clontibret are a class side."