GAA Football

Monaghan U21 captain Mikey Murnaghan has his eye on a little bit of history

Under 21 GAA players from all nine Ulster counties are pictured with Michael Hasson (Ulster GAA President) and Natasha Sayee (Senior Public Affairs Specialist at SONI), representing competition sponsors, EirGrid Group. Picture by John Merry
Francis Mooney

No Farney team has ever retained the Ulster U21 title, and Monaghan U21 captain Mikey Murnaghan wants to be on the first to do that, and also to be on the last team ever to win the title.

The age grade is to be discontinued at the end of this year’s competition, and holders Monaghan are among the favourites to sign off with the final triumph.

“No Monaghan team has ever defended the U21 title, so if we can do that it would be massive,” he said at last night’s launch of the Eirgrid Ulster U21 Football Championship at Garvaghey last night.

“And then there’s the prestige of it being the last U21 competition to, so we want to definitely put in a good account of ourselves.”

The holders face Antrim in a preliminary round tie at QUB Arena on Wednesday evening, and Murnaghan is one of just a handful of survivors from the team that defeated Tyrone in last year’s decider for what was only the county’s third title at this level.

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