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Malachy O'Rourke hails Monaghan's resolve after opening day victory

Updated: Sunday, 31 Jan 2016 21:14 | Comments

Conor McManus yet again showed his value to the Monaghan cause
Conor McManus yet again showed his value to the Monaghan cause

Monaghan manager Malachy O'Rourke was pleased with the way his side dug in en route to their four-point victory over Roscommon in Division 1 of the Allianz Football League in Kiltoom.

With the wind at their backs, the westerners enjoyed a six-point lead at the break, but the reigning Ulster champions improved on the resumption and a late goal from their captain Conor McManus was decisive in the 2-10 to 1-09 opening day success

Refelecting on the victory, O'Rourke told RTÉ Sport: "There were times it didn’t look great for us, but we hung in there and we tagged on a couple of great scores before that great goal from Conor finished the game off."

Indeed, the Farney boss would have settled for a share of the spoils after Fintan Cregg put the home side in front with injury time approaching.

"At that stage I was thinking we’d have settled for the draw, it was a good score from the angle, but we came straight back up the field to get a great score and then the goal came," he added.

Next up for Monaghan is a home clash with Down and O'Rourke is expecting an improved showing from the Mournemen after their opening day 15-point loss to Donegal.

"Down had a bad performance last night, they’ll be hurting after that and desperate to make amends. We’ll be at home and our aim is to pick up another two points.

"There is a fine line in this division, games are often on a knife edge.  

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