Stephen Mooney’s injury-time goal saw Monaghan snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against Cavan this afternoon in the Ulster minor football championship.
Mooney struck 1-1 in the closing stages in Clones as the Farney men pulled off a comeback against their neighbours and stayed on course for a third consecutive success in this competition.
Cavan had dominated large portions of the first-half before Liam Fay’s 26th minute goal surged them towards a commanding 1-5 to 0-2 lead at the break.
Mooney kicked over the hosts’ first four points of the second-half unanswered before Cavan saw a goal from Turlough Farrelly disallowed in the 50th minute for a square ball.
It got worse for the Breffni men when Cormac Brady picked up a second yellow card afterwards and from there Mooney would bring his side within a point.
Ryan Brady and Shane Tynan (free) struck points to stop the rot for the Blues but in injury-time it all fell apart for them.
Monaghan: Daragh Croarkin; Ruairi Treanor, Louis Kelly, Hugh McDonald; Nathan Lavery, Dylan Byrne (0-1), Ethan Graham; Connor Eccles, Tiarnan O’Rourke; James Slevin, Stephen Mooney (1-7, 6f), Diarmuid Marron; Michael Hamill, Dan McCahey, Niall Rice. Subs: Cian Conlon for D McCahey (59mins), Thomas Keenan for E Graham (60)
Cavan: Jake Norris; James McBreen, Ryan Brady (0-1), Cormac McKeogh; Sean Óg McGearty, Caolan McCabe (0-1), Alex Sweeney; Caoláin O’Reilly, Philip Smyth (0-1); Turlough Farrelly, Shane Tynan (0-3, 2f), Cormac Brady (0-1); Liam McEntee, Conor Casey, Liam Fay (1-0). Subs: Darragh Lovett for C O’Reilly (34mins), Emmanuel Shehu for C Casey (46), Kevin Lovett for S McGearty (51), Evan Brady for L McEntee (53), Mark McDermott for T Farrelly (59).Tweet