A very uneven performance, particularly in the forwards. We actually carved open their defence quite a few times only to mess up the opportunity. Of the starting forwards I thought Andrews did some nice stuff (although he also had some off moments), but overall they were poor (how Kev lasted as long as he did I don’t know).
I thought we looked a little leaden footed all over the pitch, often taking longer than expected to get to a ball and often allowing Monaghan to make a competition of a ball that should have been an easy possession for us.
The Monaghan black card happened straight in front of me and it looked a deliberate trip at the time and having seen it back on the news I still think that. Having seen the Connolly one on the news I don’t know what McQuillan was thinking. I thought McQuilan was poor today, very inconsistent although he didn’t favour any one team (he gave no protection to players bending to bring up the ball). I’d also question the umpires on the town end of the pitch, although in fairness there isn’t much room to get a good angle for a tight shot.
Overall I feel we haven’t really hit the form we need to, but there is still plenty of time and I wouldn’t be too concerned. Ultimately we have topped the table for a second year running without losing a game. Hopefully we can put in a better performance next week and make it five league titles in a row.