JOE BROLLY: Roll up and watch Rory

RORY Beggan kicked a three in-a-row of gravity-defying points on Sunday to slay Kilcoo and didn’t get the Man of the Match. It was the most extraordinary display of long-range kicking I have ever seen. Add to that the fact that all of the kicks were under the most tremendous pressure with the outcome at stake, […]

JACK MADDEN: The journey goes on

By Jack Madden PROCRASTINATION. July 14th, County Monaghan. “Friday night, I’m going nowhere. All the lights are changing, green to red. Turning over TV stations Advertisement Situations running through my head.” Anticipation. July 15th, County Dublin. “Saturday, I’m running wild And all the lights are changing, red to green. Moving through the crowds I’m pushing […]

Chance to upset the applecart

ALL-IRELAND SFC SEMI-FINAL Dublin v Monaghan Saturday, Croke Park, 5.30pm Live on BBC and RTE By Niall Gartland Advertisement THERE was an uncanny feel to Dublin’s second-half steamrolling of Mayo a fortnight ago. For the last few years there’s been a stange listlessness to the Dubs – comparatively speaking of course – but when they tore into Mayo […]

Corey makes one change for Kildare clash

Monaghan boss Vinny Corey has named his team to take on Kildare in O’Connor Park, Tullamore on Saturday. The All-Ireland series has reached the knockout stage and the loser of tomorrow’s clash will exit the competition. Monaghan are coming off the back on a two-point defeat to Donegal in the final round of the group […]

JACK MADDEN: Here comes the sun

By Jack Madden THE draw – it’s a funny one. The immediate aftermath provides an array of semi-emotive nothingness. The silence says it all really. In today’s game, it requires even more reflection. Gone are the days of the replay, where American football brings All-Ireland semi-finals to Limerick, and where Mayo prolong their barren spell of […]

Win or bust for Monaghan

By Shaun Casey CAN Monaghan pull off an unlikely Houdini act and cling onto their Division One status for another year? You certainly couldn’t doubt them after their final day heroics of the last few years, but even if they do beat Mayo on Sunday, it may not be enough. They must travel to Castlebar, […]

Corey: Division One is “unforgiving”

By Shaun Casey BOTH Monaghan and Kerry are searching for their first points of the 2023 National League following opening-day defeats. Monaghan lost out to old rivals Armagh while a last-minute Paddy McBrearty score denied Kerry a share of the spoils up in Donegal. It’s a daunting trip for Vinny Corey’s men, taking on the […]

PATRICK MORRISON: Time for ‘keepers to manipulate

By Patrick Morrison MY sixth goalkeeping principle is ‘Close the Gap’ and it involves the goalkeeper rushing the attacker through on goal with the aim of getting as close to them as they possibly can. This hurries the attacker’s decision making and, in turn, increases the advantage to the goalkeeper. To increase the goalkeeper’s advantage […]