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Monaghan goalkeeper Rory Beggan celebrates with supporters at Pearse Stadium.
Monaghan goalkeeper Rory Beggan celebrates with supporters at Pearse Stadium.

Beggan hails Monaghan's character

By Cian O'Connell

Rory Beggan was completely aware about what had been accomplished and why Monaghan's supporters celebrated furiously in Salthill.

A first All Ireland semi-final appearance in 30 years secured Beggan was thrilled that the travelling thousands could enjoy a memorable occasion for the county.

"It’s absolutely brilliant, it’s testament to the fans and they deserved that," Beggan stated.  "They’ve followed us to Waterford, Killarney, to Leitirm, here and they’re just amazing fans. 

"For such a small county, the amount of them that get out to support us is unbelievable and we hope to reward them again in Croke Park next week."

David Clifford's last gasp goal in the second All Ireland Quarter-Final Group Phase didn't overly concern Beggan as Monaghan responded in style to that draw. "That’s long gone out of the memory now," Beggan remarked. "I tried to forget about that on the Monday after the game, but it kept popping up on the phone - I kept seeing it.

"We played Kerry off the park for 74 minutes and we got hit with a sucker-punch at the end for the second time this season. There’s amazing character in this group that we’re able to bounce back and get this result playing very well again. 

"We’ll keep the momentum going in to next week and we’re going in for the win - we’re not just happy to be going into a semi-final."

Reaching the last four is a significant achievement for Monaghan according to Beggan. "People were sort of saying ‘Monaghan are a quarter-final team, that’s their limit’," Beggan added. 

"We wanted to put that right. We haven’t shown up in a coupe of quarter-finals, but in the three quarter-finals we played in the Super 8s, we felt we played very well and deserved to be on five points, maybe six. 

"We’re just delighted to be through, to have topped the group to give us that extra day to relax and focus on the opposition."

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