FOR MONAGHAN, this Sunday’s head-to-head with Tyrone represents so much more than just a league clash. It’s a watershed, sink or swim as they make one final throw of the dice in their bid to avoid a second consecutive relegation.
That’s the view of Monaghan skipper Darren Hughes, who pulls no punches in his estimation of the importance of their Healy Park clash.
“This is it. It’s massive, there’s no point saying otherwise. If Sunday’s result goes against us, and we end up getting relegated, then it’s six or seven years of hard work down the drain. We’ll be back to where we were in ‘04 and ‘05, and that’s not somewhere we want to be at.
“It could be six or seven years of hard work gone to waste if we don’t get ourselves out of this one way or another. That’s my own thinking on it, looking at the game and knowing that we have to win it.
“The consequences haven’t been discussed, of course there has been talk of the relegation factor, but Division Three hasn’t been something that has been dominating our discussions. We have to focus on the task at hand and do all we can to pull ourselves out of where we’re at.”