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'One Of The Most Momentous Days In Monaghan's History'

'One Of The Most Momentous Days In Monaghan's History'
By PJ Browne

Monaghan will play in Division 1 of the Allianz Football League for the ninth consecutive year in 2023. They defeated Dublin by a point in Clones on Sunday to secure their spot in the top tier. It was a result which also relegated Dublin.

"It has to go down as one of the most momentous days in Monaghan's history," Monaghan great Paul Finlay told RTÉ Radio One's Sunday Sport.

"Playing on the last day of the league, everything on the line, beating and relegating Dublin - it doesn't get any better for us."

Jack McCarron was the hero for Monaghan, scoring 2-6, including the winning point with the last kick of the game.

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"Jack McCarron had a massive, massive game, coming from an appendix operation some weeks ago," said Finlay.

"No Conor McManus on the pitch. It speaks volumes for the Monaghan squad and the strength in depth they have.

"What a player [Jack McCarron is]! We've seen the skillset that he has. He's been dogged by injuries all through his career. The last couple of seasons, we've really seen him coming into himself.

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"He's just a delight to watch. That chipped goal was something to behold. The free at the end. It's one that Rory Beggan might normally come up and kick for Monaghan. We've seen him kick it so many times.

"Jack was having such a good game, you could see his hand going up, 'I've got this one, Rory'. He duly put it over the bar. That's just a sign of somebody who is on top on his game, really in the moment and enjoying the day. He kicked a beautiful, beautiful score. It wasn't easy. It was from 45m out, a little bit of wind behind him."

See Also: Despite Dublin Relegation, Dessie Farrell Sees Some 'Positives'

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