WE’VE been waiting long enough for the football championship to take off and maybe we saw it in Salthill at the final whistle of Monaghan’s win over Galway on Saturday night.

Despite being a long way from home, the pitch was invaded by jubilant Monaghan supporters and that was a very welcome sight. Turns out the games do matter after all and it is no harm to be reminded of that fact in what has been a sterile championship to date.