Darren Hughes: I nonetheless have nice incentive to drive Monaghan on to Ulster Championship glory
Long-serving Monaghan ace Darren Hughes is in little question as to only what retains him in prime gear even though he has already celebrated his thirty fourth birthday.
The largest driver for me is the truth that many of the lads within the crew now don’t possess an Ulster Championship medal. We as a crew need to do it for these gamers as a result of they’re all high quality footballers,” maintains Hughes.
As his aspect put together to confront Derry in at the moment’s second Ulster Senior Championship Semi-Final, Hughes is aware that Monaghan can be up in opposition to a aspect which has simply been imbued with a brand new lease of life and which is able to possess an ideal starvation to terminate what’s a 24-year Ulster title famine.
Having pocketed Ulster medals in 2013 and 2015 throughout Malachy O’Rourke’s tenure as supervisor, Hughes believes that Monaghan have been unlucky to not have added to these triumphs.
They had been crushed by Tyrone by one level in final yr’s Ulster Final and at the moment are fiercely decided to achieve a brand new peak.
“I believe our full-forward line of Jack McCarron, Gary Mohan and Conor McManus is effectively able to getting scores. They are able to profitable their very own ball and they’re very skilful at making house for one another,” factors out Hughes, whose brother Kieran can also be a key member of the crew.
In beating Down of their Championship opener, Monaghan boasted no fewer than 11 scorers.
“I believe this reveals the power of gamers to take scores from all angles and distances,” states Hughes. “It is value declaring that we gained renewed confidence by retaining our place in Division One of the League.
“That win over Dublin in our final League sport gave us all an ideal enhance and we carried this mentality into the Championship in opposition to Down. Now the problem for us can be to carry our efficiency additional in opposition to Derry.”
Andrew Woods, Michael Bannigan, Niall Kearns, Conor McCarthy and naturally Gary Mohan are among the many newer gamers within the Monaghan aspect and the expertise they’ve gained up to now this yr can now stand them in good stead.
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