It’s Truagh – Monaghan on the rise

Truagh (Monaghan) 0-17 Eskra (Tyrone)0-12
Truagh had an easy five-point victory over Eskra in the Ulster IFC final on Saturday night to secure a surprise double for Monaghan clubs over Tyrone on Ulster club final weekend.

With Emyvale also triumphant over Killeeshil in the junior final, Truagh followed it up with an impressive victory in the Athletic Grounds.

Truagh were the dominant side, with Daniel and Christopher McKenna rampant up front hitting 0-9 between them, seven of those points coming from play.

Eskra could not contain Daniel McKenna and tried three different markers on him with little success and afterwards he set his sights on an All-Ireland bid in the new year.

“Monaghan football is on the up, and so is Truagh,” said McKenna. “We had done our homework on these boys and knew they performed best in the last 15 minutes so we had to dig deep to get through.

“I knew I had to do the business and the commitment we’ve put in this year has been huge. We’ll be going hard for the All-Ireland now.”

Wing-back Paudie McKenna also finished with a four-point haul, but Truagh had threats all over the field with seven different scorers on the scoresheet.

The Monaghan side led 0-9 to 0-6 at half-time, with Daniel McKenna hitting 0-3 from play and Christopher grabbing 0-2 in the first half.

Eskra were reliant on their playmaker, former Tyrone panellist Peter Hughes, to make things happen while Joseph McCarroll also hit 0-2 from play in the opening period.

But Truagh did the damage in the second quarter when they reeled off four points in a row to open up a big gap for the first time in the game.

It was a cushion they never relinquished.

The sides traded points in the second half but the closest Eskra could get to the eventual winners was to within four points.

Truagh goalkeeper Ian Treanor pulled off a fine double save from Cormac Arkinson to ensure an emphatic victory for the Monaghan side.

Scorers for Truagh: D McKenna 0-5 (1f), C McKenna 0-4 (1f), P McKenna 0-4, (1f), J McCarron, R Treanor, B Cuddy, M Counihan 0-1 each

Scorers for Eskra: P Hughes 0-4 (2f), J McCarroll 0-3 (1f), P Marlow, C McCaffrey, S Hackett, N Marlow, A Kelly 0-1 each

TRUAGH: I Treanor; J McCarron, N Feely, N McQuillan; D McRory, R Treanor, P McKenna; P Treanor, N McRory; N Coyle, B Cuddy, E Kelly; M Counihan, C McKenna, D McKenna

Subs: A Coyle for McCarron (14), A Treanor for Kelly (54), K Sheerin for Counihan (59)

ESKRA: D McCarroll; J Hackett, A Scullion, K Kelly; P Marlow, N McGinn, C McCaffrey; E McCaffrey, C Arkinson; S Hackett, P Hughes, J McCarroll; C O’Hagan, N Marlow, P Turbitt

Subs: N Meegan for C McCaffrey (HT), P Meegan for N Marlow (47), A Kelly for Turbitt (49), M McGinley for Arkinson (53)

Referee: Noel Mooney (Cavan).


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