Darren Hughes struck for the goal early in the second half that secured Monaghan’s victory in Castlebar in front of a large crowd on Saturday night. They defeated Mayo by 1-11 to 0-12
Four points from Conor McManus and one from Hughes had the visitors 0-5 to 0-1 in front after 20 minutes as they dominated the early exchanges. However by the break it was Mayo that led 0-6 to 0-5 thanks to five unanswered points and wastefulness in front of the posts from Monaghan.
Then within two minutes of the restart Thomas Kerr played a long ball to find McManus who in turn broke away from his man before playing in Hughes to net that all important goal. Team captain Colin Walsh followed it up with a point and Monaghan were three clear. It was nip and tuck to the finish with Monaghan reduced to 14 on 61 minutes after Karl O’Connell picked up a second yellow. Mayo stayed in touch with Cillian O’Connor frees but Monaghan held firm and are up and running.
Goalscorer Darren Hughes spoke to Northern Sounds Alan Gunn after the game and he agreed that it was a tough challenge. He feels that halftime came at a good time after Mayo scored the last five points of the half. in looking ahead to next weeks game against Cavan he says ‘ you won’t get any easy game in division one that’s why we are glad to be here and hope to stay here.
Here is their conversation
The Monaghan manager Malachy ORourke also caught up with Alan after the match. He said it was a tough place to go and they played well and that the goal was important at that time and they were able to hang and delighted with the win. ‘overall we’ve plenty of things to work on but we are delighted to get two points in the bag’
Listen here to Alan in conversation with Malachy O’Rourke