Monaghan fell just short in their 2018 Allianz NFL Division One opener against Mayo in Clones on Sunday. The teams were all-square at half-time and the same outcome looked to be on the cards on 70 minutes, until Paddy Durcan kicked a superb added-time winner for Mayo.
A Monaghan team starting with four league debutants – Barry Kerr, Páraic McGuirk, Niall Kearns and David Garland – gave a spirited performance throughout a lively encounter, only to lose out in a frantic finish. Monaghan lost Ryan Wylie on a straight red card, Barry Kerr on a second booking and substitute Dermot Malone to a black card late on and after an appeal for a free at one end for substitute Darren Freeman was ignored, Mayo counter-attacked for Durcan to split the uprights from distance
Monaghan are away to Kildare in Newbridge on Sunday.
Monaghan: R Beggan; R Wylie, C Boyle, B Kerr; K Duffy, P McGuirk, K O’Connell (0-2); D Hughes (Capt.), N Kearns (0-2); O Duffy, F Kelly, R McAnespie; C McCarthy (0-3, 2f), Jack McCarron (0-3, 2f), D Garland (0-2).
Subs: P McKenna for O Duffy (41), D Malone for McCarron (52), D Freeman for Garland (56), C Walshe for McGuirk, D Wylie for K Duffy (both 64), D Ward for McAnespie (69).
Mayo: D Clarke; B Harrison, G Cafferkey, E O’Donoghue (0-1); C Boyle, S Nally, P Durcan (0-2); J Gibbons, S Coen; K McLoughlin, A O’Shea (Capt.), D O’Connor; N Douglas (0-4, 2f, 2 ‘45s), A Moran (0-1), E Regan (0-5, 4f).
Subs: C O’Connor for Douglas (58), A Gallagher for D O’Connor (black card, 59), C Loftus for Moran (62), S Akram for Nally (66), G McDonagh for Boyle (70 + 1).
Referee: D Gough (Meath).