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Monaghan v Tyrone: McManus gives an extra option

By Micheal McGeary

Conor McManus’s emergence this summer now offers Monaghan far greater attacking options.

For too long manager Seamus McEnaney had to rely on the scoring threat provided by old reliables Tommy Freeman and Paul Finlay.

McManus who looked the part against both Armagh and Fermangh, will again be a central figure in Monaghan’s bid to end a 22-year championship famine.

McEnaney has often talked openly about the hurt of losing to Fermanagh two seasons ago and McManus is in total agreement.

“We had no problem getting ourselves up for the Fermanagh game this time around as we were still hurting from the championship defeat two seasons ago,” said McManus.

McManus is adamant that Monaghan are now better equipped than ever before as they face into the 2010 Ulster decider against old adversaries Tyrone. When the counties last met in the 2007 Ulster decider, Tyrone were first out of the blocks and their opponents were left chasing the match.

Their second-half comeback was commendable but it was a case of too little too late.

“In that game we let ourselves down and simply didn’t perform,” he said. “You will never get away with that against a quality side like Tyrone, but I’d like to think we’ve learned our lesson.”

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