Monaghan did something similar with us in 2014 - we snatched an unexpected draw in Clones when I sensed they took us for granted. They then beat us comfortably in the replay. Definite feel of that tonight and I’m convinced if Monaghan had snatched a draw, they’d have taken the replay comfortably.
It wasn’t to be - never give a sucker an even break is the old adage - if Monaghan had have had their shooting boots on in the first twenty minutes, that game could have been over. Down kept in touch, grew in confidence, and like any Down team will do, start to play a bit of ball. They built up a lead and held on by their finger nails, with some terrible Monaghan shooting being a primary factor. When it comes down to it, they (Monaghan) still have to lean on McManus.
Monaghan are no world beaters, but they are a better team than Down and they’ll be kicking themselves at an opportunity thrown away.