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Ulster SFC semi-final preview: Cavan v Monaghan

Updated: Friday, 28 Jun 2013 19:13 | Comments

Cavan's Ronan Flanagan and Darren Hughes of Monaghan pictured at St Tiernach's Park ahead of their semi-final clash
Cavan's Ronan Flanagan and Darren Hughes of Monaghan pictured at St Tiernach's Park ahead of their semi-final clash

By Micil Glennon

Cavan v Monaghan, Clones, Saturday, 7pm

Cavan face Monaghan on Saturday evening looking to bridge a 12-year gap since their last appearance in an Ulster final.

The Breffni County are on something of a run having accounted for Armagh and Fermanagh along the way, impressing in both games.

Manger Terry Hyland says that his charges have more to give.

“Bookies and pundits and everybody looks at the National League results and have informed opinions based on that," said Hyland in the Anglo-Celt. 

"They probably haven't the insight on what has gone on, on the training pitch, but we know these lads have worked hard, and we know there's more in them."

While Cavan come in on the back of two impressive wins, Monaghan have only an uninspiring win, 0-11 to 0-06, against Antrim to their name, albeit they did win the Allianz League Division 3 title in the spring.

Manager Malachy O’Rourke concedes that their build-up is not ideal.

He told Gaelic Life: “Cavan have already played two tough Championship games so they would be in a good place when our match against Antrim didn't really take off or have any real intensity.

“In regards to match sharpness and intensity, Cavan would have the advantage there too, so it's trying to make sure we're up to the right tempo.”

Talisman Dick Clerkin is named to start for the Farney County but he suffered a broken hand in a club game recently so it remains to be seen how much he can contribute.

With Donegal waiting in the decider, the winners are realistically looking at postponing their involvement in the qualifiers.

Verdict: Cavan

Cavan: To follow…

Monaghan: Rory Beggan, Dessie Mone, Drew Wylie, Colin Walshe, Vincent Corey, Neil McAdam, Kieran Duffy, Owen Lennon, Darren Hughes, Stephen Gollogly, Paul Finlay, Dick Clerkin, Christopher McGuinness, Kieran Hughes, Conor McManus.

Live television coverage of Monaghan v Cavan from 18:50 on Saturday 29 June on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (Ireland only). Live radio coverage of all the day’s action from 15:00 on RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ RnaG and RTÉ.ie (Worldwide).

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