Television replays showed Beggan broke the rules in the final seconds of Monaghan’s 1-10 to 0-12 win, but Cavan boss Terry Hyland refuses to make excuses afterwards for his young team’s defeat.
He said, “Within Cavan people have been going around for too long happy with moral victories. We should have had a draw today but we have to get away from that mentality.
“Those are the calls. At the time we called it as a free but the referee didn’t give it so that’s that. We had other chances before that. Our shot options were probably a little bit askew in the second half.
“There’s good guts in this team and give them two or three years and they’ll be there or thereabouts.”
Monaghan will now play Donegal in the Ulster final and manager Malachy O’Rourke admitted,
“We’ll be written off by those looking on from outside, that’s only natural.
“Donegal have been the benchmark for all teams in the last few years. They have refined a system of play which has worked very well for them and no-one really has been able to overcome it. It’s going to be a serious uphill battle but we’re delighted to be there.”
Meath Ready for Dub Date
MEATH boss Mick O’Dowd has dismissed talk that a Leinster final date against Dublin is a bonus in his first season in charge and is adamant his team will be up for the challenge posed at the All-Ireland favorites.
Speaking after Sunday’s 0-18 to 0-13 semifinal win over Wexford, O’Dowd said, “We are in a Leinster final and looking forward to it. There’s a big prize at end of it and we will prepare well over next two weeks for it.
“Going from 1-17 against Wicklow and still kicking 18 scores is good. But I’d say there is more improvement to come and certainly there needs to be.
“We played a Division 3 team the first day, a Division 2 team here and a division 1 team next. We’ll be ready. We knew Wexford were dangerous with good forwards. Overall we’d be happy enough how we dealt with it.”
McCurry Stars for Tyrone
TYRONE fans have a new star forward to celebrate after Darren McCurry notched up eight points, five from play, in the 1-27 to 0-8 All-Ireland football qualifier win over Offaly in Tullamore last Saturday.
Manager Mickey Harte, still without the injured Stephen O’Neill, said, “Darren is a mighty player, he is very accurate and confident. To look at him playing on the field you’d know he doesn’t lack confidence.
“He has the ability to back up that confidence. We would be very fond of what he can offer.”