Captain Conor McManus admits the departures of Dick Clerkin and Paul Finlay will affect the Monaghan set-up, but has put it up to his younger team-mates to make up an experience deficit in 2017 and make amends for this year’s disappointment.
Monaghan 0-16 Cavan 0-15: LOGIC and basic biology tell us that there will come a time when Cavan’s burgeoning youth will overtake Monaghan’s grizzled vets, but that was postponed yesterday thanks to the nous and experience of Malachy O’Rourke’s wily old soldiers.
Tyrone 0-9 Monaghan 1-13: Allianz Football League Division 1: It’s three years since Seamus McEneaney’s era ended and the obituaries were written for this generation of Monaghan footballers, but the team he built continues to show obvious signs of rude health under Malachy O’Rourke.
I’m 37 years old. As such I consider myself not far removed from the present generation of players and I am of a similar vintage to the growing pool of ‘young’ managers, such as Kieran McGeeney, Jason Ryan, James Horan, Jim McGuinness and Eamonn Fitzmaurice.