As we move towards the end of the year, we reflect back on what was another busy year of sporting action in the Northern Sound region.
On the GAA front, it was mixed fortunes for the men’s senior teams of the region with Cavan dropping back to Division 2 after their 12 months in the top flight, the disappointment of the drop was soften somewhat with a number of key results in particular a victory over Mayo in Kingspan Breffini while Mattie Mc Glennon’s side also drew with Kerry.
However a final day loss to Roscommon seen the breffni side make the drop.
For Monaghan it was at the opposite end of the Division 1 table that they found themselves. Victories over Mayo, Kerry and Roscommon along with draws against Cavan and Donegal, seen Malachy O Rourkes side go into the final game unbeaten against Dublin and an opportunity to make the league decider for the first time since 1986.
However while the Farney side did lead going into the final 10 minutes of that encounter, a goal from sub Jack Mc Caffrey seen the Jacks progress to the final which they lost to Kerry.
In the championship Monaghan got their campaign underway with a preliminary round win over Fermanagh setting up a quarter final clash with cavan in Kingspan Breffni.
A Goal from Conor mc Manus proved to be the decesive score
There was drama right at the end of that encounter with Ryan Connolly almost forcing the draw.
That loss seen Cavan enter the All Ireland series where they beat Offaly before crashing out to Tipperary in the 2nd round.
For Monaghan they suffered a surprise Ulster semi final loss to Down before embarking on a back door journey that seen them register victories over Wexford, Carlow and Down before once again Dublin put paid to their progress with a victory in the All Ireland Quarter final.
Jim Gavin’s side progressing of course to claim a 3rd All Ireland title in a row with a win over Mayo.
For the minors of both counties it was again a contrast in fortunes with Cavan progressing to an All Ireland semi final for the first time since 1974.
Their journey included a victory over Monaghan before loosing to Derry in the provincial final before they over came Galway to make the last 4 where they went down to the eventual winners Kerry.
The Under 21 championship proved to be a difficult campaign for the Northern Sound representatives. Defending champions Monaghan were defeated by Derry in the quarter final with Cavan also going out at that stage of the competition with a defeat to the championship winners Donegal.
In ladies football Monaghan retained their Division 1 status for an historic 26th successive year with a play off victory over Armagh, while Cavan just missed out on promotion from Division 2.
In the championship the Breffini side went down to Monaghan in the Ulster semi final with the Farney representatives then loosing the decider to Donegal.
Both teams did embark on a journey in the All Ireland championship with Waterford accounting for Cavan while Cork overcame Monaghan.