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Here’s how the sides will line-up.


Michael Cunningham

Anthony Doherty
Gerard McGovern
Darren O’Hagan

Darragh O’Hanlon
Conaill McGovern
Caolan Mooney

Kevin McKernan
Niall Donnelly

Joe Murphy
Conor Maginn
Shay Millar

Jerome Johnston
Connaire Harrison
Ryan Johnston


Rory Beggan

Fintan Kelly
Drew Wylie
Ryan Wylie

Colin Walshe
Vinny Corey
Neil McAdam

Kieran Hughes
Karl O’Connell

Gavin Doogan
Kieran Duffy
Owen Duffy

Dermot Malone
Jack McCarron
Conor McManus

Two late changes on either team.

Darren Hughes and Conor McCarthy replace Gavin Doogan and Dermot Malone for Monaghan.

For Down, Niall McParland comes in for Anthony Doherty and Peter Turley replaces Joe Murphy.

And we’re underway!

Monaghan 0-0 Down 0-0

7 mins – The radar isn’t quite working for Monaghan so far today. They’ve had plenty of shots at goal but so far they’ve all dropped wide. Jack McCarron misses the latest chance.

Monaghan 0-1 Down 0-1

8 mins – It took a corner back to show the Farney forwards how it’s done. Ryan Wylie pops one over but within seconds Connaire Harrison slots one over from distance.

Monaghan 0-3 Down 0-1

13 mins – McCarron is causing all the problems in the Down defence and he edges them two in front. Moments earlier Darren Hughes slotted over Monaghan’s second score.

Monaghan 0-3 Down 0-2

15 mins – Darragh O’Hanlon swings over a free for Down.

Monaghan 0-4 Down 0-2

16 mins – McManus slots over a point after a wonderful catch at midfield from Kieran Hughes.

Monaghan 0-4 Down 0-3

17 mins – O’Hanlon’s latest free brings Down back to within one.

Monaghan 0-5 Down 0-4

21 mins – Conor McCarthy splits the posts with a good effort.

Monaghan 0-5 Down 0-5

25 mins – Harrison with a wonderful point to level us in Armagh. What a point!


Monaghan 0-5 Down 0-6

26 mins - Shay Millar tags on another one. Down are in front!


Monaghan 0-5 Down 0-8

26 mins – Harrison nails his third before O’Hanlon sends over a free. That’s four in-a-row for Down.

Monaghan 0-5 Down 0-9

29 mins – Sweeper Kevin McKernan nails Down’s fifth without reply. This is remarkable stuff.

Monaghan 0-6 Down 0-9

30 mins – Good response by the Farney as Owen Duffy fists over the bar.

Monaghan 0-6 Down 0-10

31 mins – Fine effort from Conor Maginn. Down have an excellent spread of scorers out there.

Monaghan 0-7 Down 0-10

33 mins – McCarron slots over a free from close-range.

Monaghan 0-8 Down 0-10

35 mins – This Conor McManus fella doesn’t look half-bad. He curls one over off the left to bring Monaghan back to within two.

Monaghan have a real battle on their hands to book an Ulster final against Tyrone on 16 July.

Connaire Harrison picked up a yellow card right before the half for a late tackle on Ryan Wylie.

There has been an injury to referee David Coldrick and he’ll be replaced by Paddy Neilan.

Monaghan 0-8 Down 0-11 

37 mins – Cunningham nails a 45 for Down.

PENALTY! Darragh O’Hanlon will take it for Down.

Monaghan 0-8 Down 1-12 

41 mins – O’Hanlon smashes home the penalty down the middle. He hasn’t missed a dead ball all afternoon.

Kevin McKernan hit a point for Down minutes earlier. Down’s lead is seven.

Two changes for Monaghan. Dessie Mone has come in for Kieran Duffy and Dessie Ward is on for Owen Duffy.

Niall Donnelly Source: Presseye/Philip Magowan/INPHO

Down's Kevin McKernan and Vinny Corey of Monaghan Source: Presseye/Philip Magowan/INPHO

Conor Maginn and Kieran Hughes Source: Presseye/Philip Magowan/INPHO

Monaghan 0-10 Down 1-12 

50 mins – McManus nails a couple of frees for the Farney to edge them back to within five.

Monaghan 0-10 Down 1-13

52 mins – Kilcoo’s O’Hanlon converts another free.

Monaghan 0-12 Down 1-13

55 mins – A spin move and point by Darren Hughes brings the Farney to within four. Down are starting to tire here.

Dermot Malone comes in for Conor McCarthy on the Monaghan team. This next ten minutes are vital.

Monaghan 0-13 Down 1-13

63 mins – McCarron’s free makes it a one-point game. Monaghan have all the momentum here.

Monaghan 0-14 Down 1-13

64 mins – Two points in it now. McManus kicks a vital score for Monaghan. Down are looking out on their feet.

Monaghan 0-15 Down 1-13

66 mins – Monaghan patiently stretch the Down defence from one side to another and Kieran Hughes swings one over from the outside of the boot.

Down haven’t scored since the 51st minute.

GOAL DISALLOWED! Down had the ball in the net but the referee awarded a free out for a foul on Rory Beggan.

We’ll have six minutes of added time!

Drew Wylie hits a wide. Three minutes left.

FREE! Jack McCarron stands over a free from the right wing. This is their big chance.

WIDE! McCarron missed it by a long way.

Monaghan 0-15 Down 1-14

75 mins – O’Hare wins it for Down!

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Kevin O'Brien