Heart-break for Monaghan/Cavan as Derry advance 

Monaghan/Cavan U-17’s

The Monaghan/Cavan football partnership were beaten on penalties by Derry City as they were knocked out of this years Mark Farren Cup. 

For the second time this season Monaghan/Cavan took a 2-goal lead against Derry only to squander it in the second half and finish 2-2.

A Caolan McLaughlin 20 yard free-kick and an Edward O’Reilly goal, which was a sweet left-footed effort, had the Candystripes back level.

With neither side making a breakthrough in extra-time, we headed into the dreaded penalty shoot-out, which Derry won 3-1.

Monaghan’s Paul Smyth told us afterwards, “We were disappointed to lose out on penalties on the  night considering we went in 2-0 up at half time and looked to be in a comfortable position.”

“We didn’t play well in the second half and allowed Derry to control most of the half. We did have a great chance at 2-1 to stretch our lead but Oisin Brady was unlucky to see his shot saved by the Derry keeper.”

“I must say, even though we came out the wrong end of the scoreline we have improved greatly from the beginning of the year. We stood on the sideline on week 2 thinking how would we get any points this season to now becoming competitive in games.”

“We have added a few players to our squad and new signing Kamil Stachura deserves a special mention for scoring 2 goals in 2 games.”

“We focus our efforts now on Saturday when we entertain Finn Harps at home.”

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