By Shaun Casey
MONAGHAN kingpins Scotstown march into 2022 led by Colin McAree once again, the man who oversaw their seventh championship title win in nine years last season.
The An Bhoth men sit proudly at the top of the table of Monaghan club football and there’s nothing to suggest they won’t remain there.
Scotstown achieved the league and championship double in 2021 and the chasing pack will hope to close the gap this year.
Truagh reached the senior final last season under the watchful eye of former Tyrone player Pascal Canavan and John McElhome.
The 2022 season marked their third appearance in a county final, but Truagh have yet to get their hands on the Mick Duffy trophy.
Clontibret broke the Scotstwon stranglehold in 2019 in John McEntee’s first year as boss, but the Crossmaglen native has since stepped away.
Mick O’Dowd returns to the hot-seat, having spent a year in charge of Ballymacnab, and the former Clontibret player was part of the management team that brought the club’s last championship success.
Inniskeen haven’t reached a senior county final since 1990, but came close last season when they made it to the semi-finals.
Former Crossmaglen sharpshooter Oisin McConville remains in charge while also being involved as a coach on Barry O’Hagan’s Armagh u-20 ticket.
McConville’s ex Rangers teammate Johnny Murtagh will continue as the ’Blaney manager for the upcoming season.
Down duo Jerome Johnston and Mark Doran led Ballybay to the last four in 2021 and will target to go at least one step further as they retain their position for the upcoming season.
Latton are currently on the lookout for a new manager as home-grown star Owen Lennon takes the reigns at Kingscourt, county Cavan, along with his cousin Brendan.