“Embarrassment” a factor for Monaghan as they prepare for Cavan

Monaghan and Cavan renew their rivalry this Saturday in the Ulster championship with a preliminary round meeting in St Tiernachs Park Clones.

In the corresponding fixture at the quarter final stage last year, Cavan registered a victory in Kingspan Breffni, a result that current manager Seamus Mc Enaney described as an embarrassment to the county.

With this years championship reverting back to a knockout due to Covid 19, it really has a winner takes all feel to it.

The two teams are coming into the game in contrasting forms. Monaghan retained their Division 1 status for a 7th consecutive year with a draw against Meath last Sunday, while they suffered a defeat to Kerry on the return of the league.

For Cavan 2 defeats in as many weeks to Kildare and Roscommon has seen them suffer a relegation to Division 3.

Monaghan’s main injury concerns surround Niall Kearns and Colin Walshe who have not featured for the county since the return of action.

Speaking to our reporter Sean Mc Caffrey during the week, the “Banty” agreed that while you could plan around injuries, the constant concern around Covid 19 and its effects on the panel was a worry