Monaghan were held to a surprise Dr. McKenna Cup draw by St Mary’s in Clones this afternoon.
The college side kicked three unanswered points late on to salvage a 17 points to 1-14 draw, however St.Mary’s fought back to secure a draw, meaning Monaghan must beat Armagh on Wednesday night to secure a Dr. McKenna Cup semi-final place.
Monaghan seemed to be on for comfortable victory helped by a goal from Barry McGinn in the 49th minute.
“Disappointing to be honest with you, we changed the team around again we were hoping to get a good performance” Monaghan boss Malachy O’Rourke told Alan Gunn afterward.
We were “hoping to get the two points and the score difference in good shape and go and attack in the next game, now it’s left us we have to go and win the game on Wednesday night” explained O’Rourke.
“That’s not going to be easily done especially when we are trying to look at different players and Armagh are flying, all guns blazing”.
“It’s hard to know what to put it down to” explained the Fermanagh native when asked what went wrong. “We just didn’t have the urgency. St Mary’s were a yard sharper all the time.”
“St Mary’s scored 17 points if you conceded that against a division one team you wouldn’t be happy, We have to regroup and put in a big performance against Armagh”.
The Monaghan boss was not hiding his unhappiness at the manner of conceding one point in the competition. “It is concerning at this time of year you’d like to be a bit further down the road in getting ready for the bigger challenges its one we’ll have to take on board and rectify over the next couple of weeks”.
Listen to Malachy O’Rourke’s interview with Alan Gunn
In Glenavy, Armagh recorded a routine 2-21 to 1-10 success over Antrim.
Monaghan take on Armagh in the Athletic Grounds on Wednesday evening at 8pm, we’ll have updates on Northern Sound.
— Monaghan GAA (@monaghangaa) January 6, 2019