St Mary's fail to match fast-starting Monaghan
Monaghan 1-16 St Mary's 0-8: Following their victory over Fermanagh last Wednesday night in Enniskillen, the student teachers were brought back down to earth with of a bump when a stronger, more focused Monaghan proved the masters in this entertaining contest that was played in very wintry conditions in Clones yesterday.
Monaghan were never headed in the entire contest, getting off to a good start with four points on the board before St Mary's opened their account in the 15th minute.
Monaghan went on to lead at half-time by 0-9 to 0-3 and could perhaps have been a little further ahead but for some poor shot selection at times.
By the end of the third quarter, Monaghan had extended their lead to nine points with Jack McCarron then striking for the only goal of the game in the 53rd minute.
Conditions were deteriorating further and St Mary's legs tired visibly, although to their credit they battled gamely to the finish.
Contests like this are the perfect preparation for their forthcoming Sigerson Cup campaign, but the couple of late scores they got only served to put a little more respectability on the final score line.