FIVE things to watch out for in the Monaghan senior championship this weekend
- GOALS – 16 goals have been scored so far in 12 championship games. Of the pairings left in the quarter finals this weekend, Truagh, Castleblayney and Magheracloone have all raised the green flag on two occasions with Ballybay having just the one major.
- GOALS AGAIN – Of the 16 goals conceded, Truagh have been the most porous at the back with three going in against them, Ballybay are next up on two while Castleblayney and Magheracloone have only let in the one each.
- LAST CHAMPIONSHIP MEETING – Truagh and Ballybay last met in the championship in 2017 with the Pearse Brothers running out 1-14 to 0-12 winners. One would imagine things will be a lot closer this weekend, as the Gaels claimed a four-point win in their league encounter. It’s a rare championship meeting between Magheracloone and Castleblayney but the Faughs did claim the bragging rights in their league encounter winning out by six points
- COUNTY PLAYERS – No doubt the Monaghan management team will have their eyes on the remaining two quarter-finals this weekend as a number of regular and indeed members of the extended county panel will be in action. It will also be an opportunity for others to place themselves in the shop window as no doubt thoughts are already turning to Dr. McKenna cup campaigns and indeed the Allianz National league.
- UNDERLIGHTS – Both quarter-finals will be under lights this weekend as Monaghan continue to set the standard for quality of club and county grounds. Pairc Gratten Inniskeen will play host to Magheracloone and Castleblayney while Oliver Plunkett Park in Emyvale is the venue for Truagh and Ballybay.