The Cavan/Monaghan boys made a great effort today against the top team Finn Harps but unfortunately lost out in the end. The first half was tough on the locals, Finn Harps put the Monaghan backline under a lot of pressure, focusing on their lightening wingers to make headway down the flanks. The Donegal outfit got two goals in the first half thanks to some slick play down the right hand side. The physicality and pace of the opposition forwards made it a very tough half for the Partners’. The Harps right full back also pushed forward at every opportunity meaning the blues wide midfielder Ben Kavanagh spent much of his time tracking back rather than going forward. Connor Smith pulled off an outstanding save and made a number of other crucial interventions to help his team keep the Donegal men from adding any more goals.

The Partners’ had one very good chance in the first half, some good inter play from Nathan McNally setup Dean Carroll who came charging into the box from midfield but unfortunately his shot was well saved at the near post.

Richard Ayodele came on for the second half and made a big impact especially in the attacking phase of play. His physicality and ability to run with the ball pushed the home team forward and he was involved is a lot of the home teams good play. Nathan McNally threatened in behind and worked very hard to regain possession as always, Conor Fitzpatrick had 2 good chances to score but was stopped by two good saves from the Harps’ goalkeeper. Donnacha and Cian came on for Aidan and Brian, both contributing to some good attacking play in the second half. Brian Oghene then hit the woodwork from a Ben Kavanagh corner, While the away side had the line share of possession, the Cavan/Monaghan boys pushed hard and were unlucky to come away with nothing in the end against a very strong opponent. Despite the result, there are many of positives to take away for the boys,

Subway Man of the Match: Connor Smith gets the award for a very good day between the sticks. There was nothing he could do about either goal. His shot stopping and distribution were excellent overall.

MUCFP Squad: Connor Smith, Tiarnan O’Rourke, Aidan Leonard, Keith Farnan, Brian Oghene, Conor Shanley (C), Flynn Holland, Dean Carroll, Ben Kavanagh, Conor Fitzpatrick, Nathan McNally, Evan Brady, Cian Brennan, Richard Ayodele, Donnacha McNamara, Nathan Lavery, Alex Prior, Mark McDermott.