Like sportspeople around the country, Monaghan inter-county footballer Dessie Ward has faced a challenge in trying to keep fit during this period of physical distancing due to the coronavirus outbreak.

With no collective training possible, the Ballybay Pearse Brothers club man has had to get innovative in order to practice his core skills.

But he has gone to great lengths and built his own GAA pitch.

"I was out on the Ballybay football field just the day I heard about lockdown," he told Thursday's Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1.

"I spent an hour and a half out on the field, just kicking about on my own and I just took it into my own hands.

"Whenever I got home, I just said, 'Here, there's no way we could possibly go without football for the next couple of weeks.'"

The next morning, Ward ventured onto the field behind his home.

"I was looking around and basically there was a nice flat area and I was saying to myself, 'You know what? We may build a football field here possibly'.

"So I came back down to the house and grabbed my brother Matthew and I said it to him about whether we could make a football field here.

"He laughed and maybe he thought I was mad in the head but he said he'd give it a watch anyway."

After borrowing a roller from his neighbours, he then flattened the earth, while the sheep and cattle had already taken care of keeping the grass at a perfect length.

Fortunately, there were a pair of old juvenile goalposts on hand from a previous clearance of a gym.

"I wondered would the club mind me taking them, so I got onto our caretaker Brendan and he was happy enough for me to [take them]," said Ward.

"So it worked out perfect."

The pitch also has markings, although it's of a different variety, the consistency and material would be used on pitches anywhere else.

"Dad, for the craic, left up an old pack of flour up to the pitch and he knew rightly that I would try to make a couple of lines with the flour," he said, adding that lime from a local hardware store helped fill out the remainder of the markings.

"So I went about just making a penalty area basically. It actually looked perfect."