BRIAN MCENIFF COLUMN: Inexperience cost us again against Monaghan


BRIAN MCENIFF COLUMN: Inexperience cost us again against Monaghan

Another disappointing result on Sunday against Monaghan in Clones.

There is no getting away from it, Monaghan were the better team. Our inexperience once again was a big factor in the defeat.

But considering we were without Patrick McBrearty, Ryan and Mark McHugh, Odhran MacNiallais and Paul Brennan maybe we were expecting a little too much from what is a young team in transition.

But we are also going to have learn than we cannot cough up easy possession against teams of the experience and craft of Monaghan.

But all is not lost, our league status is still in our own hands and it is all down to the Mayo game next Sunday in Ballybofey.

Mayo suffered a heavy defeat at home against Tyrone on Sunday and also lost a number of men to injury.

Hopefully, we will have all our men, or most of them, back for next Sunday.

It is very simple, win next Sunday and we survive and it is Mayo who go down.

Despite the defeat there were a number of positives in Sunday’s game.

Michael Murphy was back to more like himself and he had a good game. Paddy McGrath and Frank McGlynn are back and played well and Hugh McFadden put in a good shift in the middle of the field.

Jamie Brennan had a good first half but was not as prominent in the second.

We got off to a bad start and let Monaghan away from us. In fairness we fought back well and there was only a point in it at half-time. This, we all thought, was a good enough position given that we had played into a stiff breeze in the first half.

But just as against Tyrone we got caught for an early Monaghan goal after half-time. And while we battled back well the reality was we were chasing the game after that. The goal proved the big score in the end.

It is all in our own hands and Sunday’s game is a huge game for both ourselves and Mayo.

It would be good to stay up in Division One and play against all the top teams.

The big plus going into the game is that, number one we are at home, and number two we have a good record in Ballybofey. Hopefully we can maintain that good record again on Sunday and go into the championship on the back of a morale boosting win and the prospect of playing in Division One again next season.

Brian McEniff was in conversation with Tom Comack.