Kinawley manager Mark Monaghan lamented his side’s failure to make the most of their opportunities as they made an early exit from the Ulster Intermediate Championship at the hands of Down champions Glenn.

Sunday’s game at Brewster Park was a low scoring affair 0-07 to 1-06, but Monaghan felt his side had the chances to win the game throughout the 60 minutes.

“These things happen I suppose,” said Monaghan.

“I suppose we just didn’t turn up that’s the first thing. We didn’t put away the chances we created, we just didn’t take our opportunities when they came along. We kept them in the game and they took their scores when they came along.

“I suppose we got level just before half time. We gave the goal away which in fairness was a good goal by Glenn but that goal kept them in the game.

“We got level just before half time and then we kicked the first point of the second half but then we didn’t score for another 30 minutes of the second half and you are not going to go anywhere scoring seven points.”

He dismisses any idea of rustiness being a factor in the result as he felt his side had prepared well in the build up to last Sunday.

“I honestly can’t put my finger on it. People saying we were rusty and all but that’s not true because we trained well and we had seen that Glenn team two or three times.

“I just don’t know it was just one of those days where nothing went right.”

Along with the fact that their opponents were missing some of their most influential players, Monaghan felt it was a good a chance as any to progress.

“They were missing their main forward Matty Bagnall. I seen him in the Down final and he was good. Niall McParland wasn’t home for it so they were missing a good few players.”

There were plenty of chances spurned throughout the game with a Ruairi Corrigan penalty being one of the most decisive as it would have levelled matters late on and when Kinawley were on top.

But Monaghan takes nothing away from his influential centre forward.

“At the time of Ruairi’s penalty we were completely on top, we had the whole momentum. But look it it is just one of those things. You would back Ruairi Corrigan to put that away any day of the week.”

Glenn’s defensive gameplan frustrated Kinawley as well and Monaghan admitted that the changes made to try and overcome the Down champions probably came that bit too late in the game to turn the tie around.

“In fairness to Glenn they are very well organised at the back but then we kind of played into their hands.

“It was stop start around the middle and then we started dropping deep to try and copy them instead of going after them.

“But these things happen in a game and it’s just trying to change it up and then when we did change it, it was probably too late when they were made and we started running at them and opening them up and that’s how the penalty was created.”

With the season now over Monaghan will take time to reflect on the year before making a decision on his future with the Boru’s.

If in charge next season, it will be a fifth year at the helm and he admits the way the season has ended has left him frustrated.

“It is just frustrating to finish up like that the way we did.

“I did say last year I was going but the way the championship ended up I said I would give it another go.

“It is still up in the air,” Monaghan added.