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Monaghan forwards under-perform against quality Cavan tackling

Monaghan Conor McManus and Cavan Padraig Faulkner during the Ulster Senior Football Championship Quarter Final between Cavan and Monaghan at Kingspan Breffni in Cavan on Saturday 18th May 2019 Picture by Philip Walsh.

Rory Beggan: Left rooted to the spot by the penalty but stopped a Dara McVeety shot going over. Scored a free and a ‘45’, also missed one of each. Some trademark precise kick-outs and kick-passes in open play, although one went dangerously astray. 7

Drew Wylie: A slight touch on Conor Madden was harshly penalised for the spot-kick, but was guilty of another foul. Moved to sweep rather than man-mark for a time, returned to restrict the Gowna man. 6

Conor Boyle: Operated further out the field, trying to man-mark Gearoid McKiernan, and did some good work, especially in the third quarter. Guided over a lovely score after a weaving run. 7

Ryan Wylie: Detailed to man-mark McVeety and probably edged that encounter. Allowed his man only one point and scored a brave effort himself. 7.5

Karl O’Connell: Blotted out Oisin Kiernan, who was taken off, but was not his usual attacking influence himself, apart from early effort cleared off the line and one searing right-wing run which ended with a wide. Clattered on the half-hour mark. Black-carded in added time for fouling Martin Reilly. 6.5

Colin Walshe: Struggled badly to contain Reilly in the opening third but got better towards the break. Made interceptions, won break ball, kept at it. 7

Paudie McKenna: Brought into the starting side but never got going. Sent a shot short, later lost possession, and was subbed on the half hour. 5

Fintan Kelly: A back who has previously caught the eye in attack, he looked a little lost around midfield. Always seemed to have his mind on defensive duties, but didn’t make many notable contributions in that regard. 5.5

Kieran Hughes: Started very well, making marks and surging runs. Covered a huge amount of ground, up at full-forward then back deep in defence, but understandably ran out of steam and was yellow-carded in added time. 7.5

Dessie Ward: Tracked back regularly on the left side of defence but didn’t exert much influence on the game. Booked after a challenge on Killian Clarke and then replaced by Owen Duffy. 6

Dermot Malone: The game largely passed him by, apart from one wide, and he didn’t come out for the second half. 5

Shane Carey: Put in plenty of effort in the first half, albeit to little effect. Like many in whiter better after the break and scored two points from play. 6.5

Ryan McAnespie: Hesitated and lost out on one ball, didn’t get his hands on too many. Dropped deep in search of possession but had little impact. Booked late on. 5.5

Conor McManus: Seemed to seek contact but instead lost possession due to clean Cavan tackling, from both Faulkner and McLoughlin. Guilty of four wides 6

Stephen O’Hanlon: Looked his age too often, shooting short, then kick-passing poorly, before sending one shot skywards and regularly running into trouble. Did keep working but was taken off at the three-quarter mark. 5.5

Substitutes:

Conor McCarthy: Replaced McKenna before half-time, having been flown up from Dublin in a helicopter, and did fairly well. 6.5

Kieran Duffy: Took over from Malone for the second period and helped get Monaghan on the front foot. 6.5

Micheal Bannigan: On for the final quarter but didn’t make much of an impression apart from a sharp sliding lay-off in the build-up to Ryan Wylie’s point. 6

Owen Duffy: Came on for Ward and made one strong run. 6

Niall Kearns: Not on long enough to be rated.

Dessie Mone: Not on long enough to be rated.

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