I have never been a fan of Roddy Collins from his time at Bohs and his ill fated spell in charge of us but I must compliment how his Monaghan team attempted to play when they came to Tallaght. They started off brightly in our faces and scored from a set-piece, a worrying trend in our early season games. To rub salt into the wounds it was former player Willo McDonagh who scored.
At that point I felt they would sit back and put everybody behind the bal and try to frustrate and contain us and they even picked up a first half yellow card for time wasting although Reynor was unlucky to receive the caution that would later come back to haunt him. To their credit they continued to play ball and attacked at every opportunity despite their limited quality. They left their front 3 up at all times even on our set pieces and we were struggling to get into a rhythm.
1-0 down at HT the East Stand was not impressed and luckily we equalised early in the 2nd half after a another poor Dennehy corner managed to find its way to Brennan who flicked home but in truth it should have been cleared. The players were buoyed by that and we took the lead 7 minutes later with asublime finish by Billy Dennehy but in truth he should never have got the opportunity to make room from the strike. Ricers poor pass was controlled at chest height by Billy and with no pressure from Monaghan he allowed it to hop 3 times vbefore setting himself to finish. Roddy would have been disappointed with his teams defending.
Reynor was then sent off after a late tackle on Ricer and this was a great sense of amusement to the crowd after he had taunted the East Stand in the first half when the score was 1-0, Karma is a bitch!! Aaron Greene wrapped up the scoring with an injury time goal after a nice move and we got the 3 points after another lacklustre display.
Keep on Hooping!