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Gollogly hungry to banish mental pain

By John Campbell

Long-serving Stephen Gollogly emerged from Monaghan's Ulster final victory over Donegal with his eye virtually closed, heavily bandaged and surrounded by a miscellany of cuts and bruises.

But the Carrickmacross schoolteacher contends that the physical discomfort he endured in being part of history against Donegal was nothing to the mental hurt that the team suffered against Tyrone in the 2007 and 2010 Ulster finals.

Gollogly saw his own and Monaghan's patience rewarded in that stunning 0-13 to 0-7 victory over Donegal and he had no intention of allowing a nasty eye injury sustained in a collision with Mark McHugh to detract from his participating in the raucous victory celebrations.

"Fantastic, it's just fantastic," beamed Gollogly.

"We've waited a long time for this day to come round, especially those of us who have been around the side for a while.

"I've never experienced a feeling like it and while I was sorry that my involvement in the game ended because of my eye injury, I happily suffered the pain because we won."

Now Gollogly is strongly focused on Saturday's All-Ireland quarter-final meeting with Tyrone – a team against which he has experienced only utter dejection in recent years.

"They have certainly had the upper hand on us, that's for sure," admits Gollogly.

"But in our present frame of mind we have no reason to fear anyone. While we have the utmost respect for Tyrone and for what they have achieved, we have stronger belief in ourselves now and we feel that this can help to carry us through."

Gollogly, though, is staying realistic. "When you look back at it, Donegal had two goal chances in the second-half and had even one of those gone in the outcome might have been different," he points out. "A goal would have provided them with a bit of momentum and you don't know what way the game might have panned out."

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