O'Rourke's side moving up in the world as title quest gathers pace
Monaghan manager Malachy O'Rourke has every reason for feeling satisfied now that his side have joined Dublin and Tyrone as pacesetters in division one of the Allianz Football League.
With three points from a possible four, O'Rourke's men find themselves in a position to challenge for the title following their draw (0-7 each) against Cavan yesterday.
"While it's good to have points in the bag going into the league break we know there are tough matches ahead and the landscape can change very quickly in the league. That's the nature of the competition," insisted O'Rourke.
And while Cavan boss Mattie McGleenan can take encouragement from yesterday's result, he too is aware that there are bigger tests on the horizon for his side.
Donegal are another outfit who will be coming up against the big guns in the top bracket when the league resumes but skipper Michael Murphy took heart from the performances of young players in yesterday's win over Roscommon (0-16 to 2-9).
Eoin McHugh landed the winning point while there were also huge contributions from Ciaran Thompson and Jason McGee as Rory Gallagher's side showcased their emerging talent. They may have lost to Kerry last week but Donegal could still enter the frame for honours.