Our senior team travelled to play Scotstown on Saturday 24th August in the Drumlin Credit Union senior football league and for the first time this year I am really struggling to find words how to describe this very one-sided encounter. If this game had been a boxing match, the white towel would have been thrown in after the first thirty minutes but the embarrassment continued as Scotstown inflicted one of our worst defeats. As the score-line shows, this was a complete mismatch from the outset as Scotstown dominated all positions of play and were in total control from the start and lead by 1-9 to 0-1 at half time. The second half was a similar trend and a rampant and merciless Scotstown stormed to an incredible twenty-eight point victory with an enormous 5-18 to 0-5.
Let’s be realistic, we all knew, before the year started, that we would be seriously up against it and that it was going to be a tough and difficult task playing in the elite flight of Monaghan football. A result like this poses a lot of questions and results like this don’t help anybody and I believe the important thing now is to remain positive and look to the future. We are currently plagued with injuries to some key players, Keith Daly, Johnny Reilly, Garry Calvert, Fergal McGeough, Stephen McGuirk and with a small panel we have a depleted squad.
The fact is, in many ways we are punching well above our weight but it is my hope that the team management and players will regroup, review and refocus their approach for the remaining games in the league campaign. We have gained an invaluable insight of Monaghan senior football and the true Rock Gaels will continue and always remain tremendously proud of the players for their effort, commitment and dedication and hopefully they can quickly regain their confidence and bounce back from this heavy defeat.
Keep those heads held high lads…onwards & upwards!
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Team & Scorers: Dean Fay, Conor McGeough, Niall McKeown, Keelan Clerkin, Colin Quinn, Noel Carroll, Stephen Lynch, Mark Daly 0-1f, Martin Carroll, Cathal Sheridan, Lorcan Smyth, Dwayne Rooney 0-1, Anthony Tate, Mark McGuirk 0-2 and Paul McKeown 0-1. Subs: John Greenan for Dean Fay (injured), Aaron Clerkin for Niall McKeown (injured)