Prolonged-serving Monaghan ace Darren Hughes is in no question as to just what retains him in top gear irrespective of the simple fact that he has by now celebrated his 34th birthday.
The greatest driver for me is the simple fact that most of the lads in the group now do not have an Ulster Championship medal. We as a workforce want to do it for these gamers mainly because they are all top quality footballers,” maintains Hughes.
As his side put together to confront Derry in today’s second Ulster Senior Championship Semi-Ultimate, Hughes is acutely aware that Monaghan will be up against a aspect which has just been imbued with a new lease of life and which will possess a terrific starvation to terminate what is a 24-yr Ulster title famine.
Acquiring pocketed Ulster medals in 2013 and 2015 for the duration of Malachy O’Rourke’s tenure as manager, Hughes believes that Monaghan have been unlucky not to have added to people triumphs.
They had been overwhelmed by Tyrone by 1 stage in very last year’s Ulster Ultimate and are now fiercely identified to get to a new peak.
“I feel our entire-forward line of Jack McCarron, Gary Mohan and Conor McManus is well capable of acquiring scores. They are able of profitable their individual ball and they are quite skilful at earning place for every other,” details out Hughes, whose brother Kieran is also a vital member of the staff.
In beating Down in their Championship opener, Monaghan boasted no much less than 11 scorers.
“I feel this reveals the capability of players to just take scores from all angles and distances,” states Hughes. “It is worth pointing out that we gained renewed confidence by retaining our place in Division One of the League.
“That get over Dublin in our previous League recreation gave us all a fantastic boost and we carried this mentality into the Championship in opposition to Down. Now the problem for us will be to carry our efficiency additional versus Derry.”
Andrew Woods, Michael Bannigan, Niall Kearns, Conor McCarthy and of program Gary Mohan are among the the more recent gamers in the Monaghan side and the expertise they have obtained to date this yr can now stand them in excellent stead.