First game of the 2012 season ended with disappointment as a competent Thatto Heath side came away from twist lane with the spoils.
The opening exchanges saw Miners take the lead with some good work down the right edge, but as both teams struggled to control the game and the lead changed hands on six seperate occasions.
Both teams were guilty of over playing at times in an effort to play expansive rugby and complacency cost both teams points, but a valiant effort from the Miners came to an end when they coughed the ball up in their own 20 and Thatto went under the posts with 2 minutes left on the clock.
Miners will take a lot of positives from the game in which both teams scored 6 tries and with a little more control and composure in critical areas of the game could have seen a victory for the Miners18s.
Team Monaghan (cpt) Boardman, Hodson, Ravenscroft, Helme, Travis, Myers, Marsh, Nicholson, Cartwright, Beckett, Bourke, Patterson, Eccleston, Redston,Tustin, Dean.
MOM – Travis
Tries, Boardman, Travis, Ravenscroft 2, Bourke, Monaghan
Goals Travis 2