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10th Feb 2019

Conor McManus shows his class with exceptional point

Jack O'Toole


Monaghan forward Conor McManus has been one of the pre-eminent forwards in Gaelic Football for the last few years and he continued to show why he deserves that tag with an exceptional score against Galway on Sunday.

Galway ultimately won the game 1-9 to 0-11 points as they got back to winning ways after a tough trip to Dublin last weekend where they were hammered by Jim Gavin’s side.

A second-half goal from Johnny Heaney ultimately proved the difference between the two sides in Inniskeen in a game that didn’t always set the world alight.

McManus has spent years grafting away with Monaghan and last year his side made the All-Ireland semi-final where they ultimately fell short at the hands of Tyrone.

It’s a remarkable achievement given the population of the county but McManus was adamant that his side should not have been held to that metric.

“People are always saying that, ‘punching above your weight’, but it’s nearly condescending,” McManus told

“Are you supposed to just stay in Division Three or Four for the rest of your life and just let everybody else at it?

“Are we supposed to not try, and not train hard, and not work to better ourselves. It’s as if people expect you to stay down there and be done with.

“We’ve been in Division 1 now for the last four or five years and on an upward curve, we’ve won a couple of Ulster titles.

“We’re competing for All-Ireland Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals for the last number of years and we feel that’s where we belong.

“For people to come along and say you don’t really belong there or you’re doing well to be there and saying well done for coming this far, we’d actually be disappointed by how the year has ended.”

Monaghan have won just one game so far in the league campaign after their opening round win over Dublin was quickly dismissed by last weekend’s loss to Roscommon.

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