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Antrim will offer us difficult test, warns Counihan

 

John Campbell

By John Campbell

Monaghan minor football team boss Mark Counihan is hoping that his side can take things to the next level when they meet Antrim in the Ulster Minor Football Championship at the weekend.

Counihan watched his team get the better of Down by 1-13 to 1-10 at Clones on Saturday night and believes that it will take a bigger effort to get over the Saffrons.

"We had not been looking beyond Down going into the Championship but now things have been stepped up," said Counihan.

Down led by 0-5 to 0-4 at half-time before going on to take a firmer grip on the game at 1-9 to 0-8, their goal coming from Adam Crimmins with Ryan Magill, Sean Og McCusker and Oisin Savage contributing points.

But a goal in the 53rd minute from Tiarnan Kierans revitalised Monaghan.

Down were caught napping as their opponents began to play with greater belief and Diarmuid Marron, Jason Irwin and Liam McDonald shared in a late scoring blitz that saw their side progress in the competition.

Meanwhile, Tyrone have confirmed that their Under-14 county team management set-up will be the most high-profile in the game.

Mickey Harte, Gavin Devlin, Mark Harte and Tony Donnelly form the line-up that will oversee the Under-14 side and their combined experience and coaching expertise is expected to put Tyrone into pole position for honours.

It would appear that the Tyrone county board is keen to retain continuity at team management level and the U14 quartet have agreed to launch a big push for silverware.

Their progress will certainly be watched with interest.

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