Down supervisor James McCartan has confronted many challenges this season, however the greatest one could possibly be making an attempt to persuade gamers to stay round for the forthcoming Tailteann Cup marketing campaign.
The Mournemen’s curiosity within the Ulster Senior Soccer Championship was led to complete style by Monaghan in Clones on Saturday because the Farney claimed a 0-23 to 2-7 victory.
Caolan Mooney and Pat Havern bagged objectives both aspect of half-time for Down, however the strikes couldn’t masks the alarming gulf in high quality between the perimeters.
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Monaghan now face Derry within the Ulster SFC semi-final on the Athletic Grounds on Sunday, Could 15 whereas Down enter the inaugural Tailteann Cup following their relegation from Division Two earlier within the season.
When requested by reporters if he may battle to encourage gamers for the brand new competitors, McCartan replied: “The reply I’ll offer you is, I hope not.
“I don’t know the reply to that. I put that query to the group in there. As a gaggle, will we need to make progress?
“The Tailteann Cup is what’s left in entrance of us and it is a chance for younger gamers and skilled gamers to try to flip a nook.
“There’s a chance there and definitely waving a white flag within the Tailteann Cup I don’t suppose goes to be a lot profit to Down soccer.
“We simply need constructing blocks in place for Down sooner or later. We’re going to be in Division Three subsequent 12 months and with the Tailteann Cup we’re going to try to win some soccer video games. We all know the place we’re at.”
McCartan, to his credit score, didn’t supply any excuses as he recalled a painfully one-sided affair at St Tiernach’s Park.
“A Division One staff versus, subsequent 12 months, a Division Three staff. They received a superb begin and we didn’t,” added the Down boss.
“The large depend was 10 to 2 – they had been very economical in entrance of objectives.
“We wanted to be like that and we weren’t.
“We gave ourselves a little bit of hope earlier than half-time and, once more, after half-time, however they rapidly scored factors after that. You may’t concede 23 factors and count on to win a sport.”
Monaghan supervisor Seamus McEnaney, in the meantime, mentioned the ideas and prayers of everybody within the county are with the household of Aoibhe Byrne, who was laid to relaxation on Sunday.
The 14-year-old from Lisnaclea in Carrickmacross died final Wednesday following a tragic accident. A proficient sportstar, Aoibhe performed Gaelic soccer for Magheracloone Girls.
Talking after his aspect’s spectacular win over Down McEnaney mentioned: “My first ideas are with Aoibhe Byrne and the Byrne household in Magheracloone.
“I used to be on the wake yesterday (Friday). A 14-year-old lady. . . it’s devastating for the membership.
“She was an enormous supporter of Monaghan and the household are large supporters of Monaghan. “My ideas and prayers are with these individuals after the sport right here at this time.”
On the footballing entrance, ‘Banty’ acknowledged that he wasn’t overly involved in regards to the concession of two objectives, one both aspect of half-time.
“I’m completely not involved with any a part of the day. If on a regular basis went like at this time, I’d be very completely satisfied,” added the Monaghan boss.
“Essentially the most pleasing half was how we recovered from the 2 objectives and the way we managed the sport.
“I believe there are lots of positives for Monaghan at this time. We’d lots of completely different scorers (11). “These issues are pleasing. Sure, we conceded two objectives, however you will make errors in video games.
“It’s about the way you recuperate from the errors – that’s crucial factor.”
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