Photo: Clare Champion
After a three-week gap, the League is back on this day week, with Monaghan coming to town for the first time since we entertained them at MacHale Park back in late March 2010. That’s not the most recent time we played them – that was up in Iniskeen, the ground with those lovely alternating green and red seats, where we met in the final round the following year in a match that was of no interest to us (we’d secured our Division One status the previous week). Monaghan won that day but still ended up getting relegated.
Now they’re back in the top flight, having won the Division Two title last spring and with two points from two matches – they beat Tyrone in the opening round, then narrowly lost to Cork last time out – they’ll be as keen as we’ll no doubt be to clinch their second win of this year’s League campaign.
There’ll be plenty of news and updates over the next few days ahead of Sunday’s match but one bit of news worth letting you know about is that Clare’s Rory Hickey will take charge of the match. He did three of our games last year, the League clashes with Kildare (where he gave Aidan O’Shea a very dodgy black card) and Cork and the Connacht final against Galway.