Hurling and camogie

Truagh seek to make amends for last year's defeat in Monaghan SHC final

Padraig O Meiscill

AM Hurley's Monaghan Senior Hurling Championship final: Castleblayney v Truagh (tomorrow, Clones, 3.30pm)

TRUAGH captain Noel Flood believes his club have a stronger panel to bring to bear on this year's county final than they did in last year's, and they will certainly need it if they are to topple reigning champions Castleblayney.

Flood has been encouraged by the enthusiasm of his team-mates since their return from lockdown and believes the tough training regime put in place by Galway-born manager Shane Feeney has brought a new level of professionalism to the side and will stand them in good stead in tomorrow's decider.

Truagh reached their first ever senior hurling final in 2019 where they lost by 10 points to the Faughs, who are going for four in-a-row this time around.

Truagh got off to a positive start in last year's final, hitting the front early on through an Aidan Coyle goal and a brace of Éamonn Sheehan points, but Castleblayney soon composed themselves and the challengers wilted in the face of their opponents' greater experience.

Tomorrow afternoon at St Tiernach's Park, Truagh will have to sustain any early advantage they take if they are to stand a chance against the heavy favourites.

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