McEnaney mood not helped by Tribe

Galway finished with a flourish to claim a vital victory at Pearse Park in Longford, but Monaghan manager Eamon McEnaney labelled the decision to stage this game at a neutral venue as farcical.

The loss has significant implications for Monaghan, who now need to defeat runaway Division 2 leaders Tyrone in their last match to have any chance of avoiding the drop.

Galway left out forward Nicky Joyce, who missed a training session, but with Paul Conroy splendid inside the Tribesmen prevailed, meaning. Alan Mulholland’s charges can now earn promotion to the top flight by beating Kildare.

Inevitably the post-match discussion centred on how the fixture was scheduled. “I’m on the record enough about the issue, but it is farcical. They were looking for their pound of flesh and they got their pound of flesh,” said McEnaney.

With Darren Hughes prominent Monaghan ruled most of the opening period and were ahead by five points after 32 minutes, but three Conroy efforts on the spin trimmed the interval deficit to 0-8 to 0-6.

McEnaney acknowledged that was a turning point: “We had chances before that to push on and when you get on top of a team you have to make use of the ball.”

Level at 0-12 each with four minutes on the clock Conroy struck two glorious points before replacement Danny Cummins sealed the deal with a stoppage-time goal.

Mulholland said: “Towards the end it was looking like it would be a draw so we were delighted to get the win. Monaghan were definitely dominant in the first half, and it was slightly disappointing we were so far off the mark.

“We had to sort that at half-time. We played a lot better in the second half.”

Scorers for Galway: P Conroy 0-6 (4f), P Joyce 0-3 (2f), D Cummins 1-0, M Hehir 0-2 (2f), M Martin, G Sice, G O’Donnell 0-1 each.

Scorers for Monaghan: P Finlay 0-6 (2f), D Hughes 0-2, D Clerkin, G McQuaid, C McGuinness, S Smyth 0-1 each.

MONAGHAN: M Keogh; K Duffy, V Corey, C Walshe; D Malone, D Wylie, G McQuaid; O Lennon, D Clerkin; P Finlay, D Hughes, J Turley; O Duffy, K Hughes, C McGuinness.

Subs: C Hanratty for McGuinness (25), D Mone for Wylie (36), S Smyth for Duffy (36), N McAdam for K Hughes (54), D Morgan for McQuaid (70).

GALWAY: A Faherty; K McGrath, F Hanley, C Forde; G Bradshaw, J Duane, G O’Donnell; T Flynn, J Bergin; G Sice, D Burke, M Hehir; M Martin, P Conroy, C Bane.

Subs: G Higgins for Bane (36), D Cummins for Martin (36), P Joyce for Burke (43), M Boyle for Hehir (52), N Coleman for Flynn (67).

Referee: C Reilly (Meath).

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