Donegal’s Michael Murphy was much less influential against Monaghan than he had been in previous games in Ulster. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Possession in Gaelic football has never been more significant – the battle to keep it, now as much as winning it. In consecutive weekends domin(...)

The Ulster SFC final between Monaghan and Donegal this year made for unpleasant viewing. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

We are remorselessly reassured of Gaelic football’s evolution. There’s a presumption of advancement in that. So whatever else modern-day Gaelic foo(...)

Donegal’s Michael Murphy in action against Monaghan’s Vinny Corey and Darren Hughes. It seemed to me Murphy played injured at Clones. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

I arrived in Glasgow airport on Sunday and saw a few Donegal jerseys gathered around the bar as I reached the top of the escalator. I arrived when the(...)

Conor McManus guided Monaghan to a second Ulster football title in three years with victory over Donegal in Clones. Photograph: Inpho

Monaghan 0-11 Donegal 0-10 Sweet vindication. Summer arrived in mid-Ulster out of the blue and just as in the heatwave of two years ago, Monaghan beat(...)

Monaghan manager Malachy O’Rourke watches  from the sideline of Kingspan Breffni Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

If they’re all that’s going, Malachy O’Rourke will take one-point wins over Cavan every time. His side came through here after long spells of looking(...)

Conor McManus scored seven points for Monaghan as they pipped rivals Cavan at Breffni Park. Photograph: Inpho

Cavan 0-15 Monaghan 0-16 It took an injection of years rather than legs off the bench to see them home but Monaghan managed to wriggle out of B(...)

Monaghan’s Dick Clerkin is likely to be given the task of  curbing Gearóid McKiernan’s influence in the Cavan midfield.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Ulster SFC Quarter-final Cavan v Monaghan Breffni Park, Sunday, 2pm RTÉ 2 The headline achievements of Malachy O’Rourke’s time in charge(...)

Cavan’s Eugene Keating locks horns with Kieran Duffy and Drew Wylie of Monaghan in the Ulster Championship two years. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Even allowing for the usual vagaries, the 1995 Ulster Championship was a spin-the-wheel job. Down came into it as All-Ireland champions and were finis(...)

Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton separates Jonny Cooper and Conor McManus at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Captain Conor McManus has downplayed Monaghan’s strong performance against Dublin in Sunday’s Allianz Football League Division One semi-final and adm(...)

Monaghan’s Owen Duffy tackles Jack McCaffrey of Dublin. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin 0-17 Monaghan 0-16In cinematic terms the widely expected Groundhog Day nearly turned out to be Reversal of Fortune but in the end settled for B(...)