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CAN MONAGHAN DEFY their status as massive underdogs and topple Dublin to take their place in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-finals?

It’s the second of our double-header of quarter-final games in Croke Park and we’re following the action all the way.

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Hello and welcome to today’s second All-Ireland SFC quarter-final. We’ll have team news shortly.

As promised, here are the teams as named for our second quarter-final:

1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnells)

2. Michael Fitzsimons (Cuala)
3. Rory O’Carroll (Kilmacud Crokes)
4. Philly McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams)

5. James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams)
6. Jonny Cooper (Na Fianna)
7. Nicky Devereux (Ballinteer St John’s)

8. Michael Darragh Macauley (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
9. Cian O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes)

10. Paul Flynn (Fingallians)
11. Kevin McManamon (St Jude’s)
12. Diarmuid Connolly (St Vincent’s)

13. Alan Brogan (Oliver Plunkett’s / Eoghan Rua)
14. Eoghan O’Gara (Templeogue Synge Street)
15. Bernard Brogan (Oliver Plunkett’s / Eoghan Rua)

1. Rory Beggan (Scotstown)

2. Conor Boyle (Clontibret)
3. Drew Wylie (Ballybay)
4. Colin Walshe (Doohamlet)

5. Dessie Mone (Clontibret)
6. Vinny Corey (Clontibret)
7. Fintan Kelly (Clones)

8. Dick Clerkin (Currin)
9. Darren Hughes (Scotstown)

10. Paudie Mc Kenna (Truagh Gaels)
11. Paul Finlay (Ballybay)
12. Kieran Hughes (Scotstown)

13. Thomas Kerr (Ballybay)
14. Chris McGuinness (Ballybay)
15. Conor McManus (Clontibret)

No changes for Dublin but Monaghan have made four.

17. Ryan Wylie comes in for Conor Boyle
18. Kieran Duffy for Paudie McKenna
22. Stephen Gollogly for Paul Finlay
23. Padraig Donaghy for Thomas Kerr

And we’ re underway.

Dublin 0-1 Monaghan 0-0

2mins: Bernard Brogan’s free gives Dublin the first score of the game.

Dublin 0-1 Monaghan 0-0

4mins: It doesn’t take long for Eoghan O’Gara to pick up the game’s first yellow for an late hit on Colin Walshe.

Dublin 0-1 Monaghan 0-1

6mins: The sides are level, Kieran Hughes with a free from out on the right that curls beautifully over.

Dublin 0-1 Monaghan 0-1

6mins: Monaghan really should have taken the lead after some good approach play, Conor McManus’ effort drifts just wide though.

Dublin 0-1 Monaghan 0-1

8mins: After doing really well to win the sideline ball, Bernard Brogan’s resulting effort slices well wide.

Dublin 0-1 Monaghan 0-1

10mins – Twice now Monaghan have almost been caught dallying on the ball in defence. Rory Beggan likes to play football but they’ll need to be careful.

Dublin 0-2 Monaghan 0-1

11mins – Bernard Brogan has his second pointed free of the game.

Dublin 0-2 Monaghan 0-1

12mins – Monaghan wide two bad wides in succession. Can’t afford to miss chances like that against Dublin.

Dublin 0-2 Monaghan 0-2

15mins – The first quarter of an hour has passed and there’s still no score from play in this one. Kieran Hughes has two pointed frees though.

Dublin 0-3 Monaghan 0-2

17mins – Diarmuid Connolly has the games fifth free from place balls.

Dublin 0-3 Monaghan 0-2

19mins – Stephen Cluxton does well to punch clear after a searching ball from Kieran Hughes looks to find Darren Hughes in the square.

Dublin 0-3 Monaghan 0-3

20mins – It’s taken 20 minutes but Conor McManus has given us the first score from play. Dublin doing very little at this moment in time to justify their 1/20 odds before throw-in.

Dublin 0-3 Monaghan 0-3

22mins – Dublin have the ball in the net but it won’t count as Eoghan O’Gara handpassed the ball past Rory Beggan. Looked like the Dublin player was going for his point.

Dublin 0-3 Monaghan 0-3

24mins – The same handbags that blighted the first quarter-final appear to have crept over into this one.

Dublin 1-3 Monaghan 0-3

25mins – This time the goal does count, Diarmuid Connolly storming through before side-footing by Beggan.

Dublin 1-4 Monaghan 0-3

27mins – Dublin doing really well to exploit what little space there is in the Monaghan defence. Brogan points yet another free to stretch the lead to four.

Dublin 2-4 Monaghan 0-3

28mins – And Bernard Brogan has their second goal, similar finish to Connolly’s except this it goes through Beggan’s legs

Dublin 2-5 Monaghan 0-3

30mins – Alan Brogan gets on the scoresheet now and, in the blink of an eye, Dublin are eight points clear.

Dublin 2-6 Monaghan 0-3

32mins – Jonny Cooper with Dublin’s latest score as we approach half-time

Dublin 2-7 Monaghan 0-4

34mins – Monaghan have their first score in 14 minutes through Dick Clerkin but Connolly goes straight down the other end and points.

Dublin 2-8 Monaghan 0-4

35+1mins – Eoghan O’Gara with the score of the match there for Dublin as their lead goes to ten.

Dublin 2-8 Monaghan 0-5

35+2mins – Rory Beggan points a ’45 as the half-time whistle goes. This one is already over isn’t it?

Half-time -

Dublin 2-8 Monaghan 0-5

For twenty minutes we had a contest but Dublin’s five minute spell in the middle of the half was too much for their Ulster opponents to live with.

Scorers for Dublin: Bernard Brogan 1-3, Diarmuid Connolly 1-2 (0-1f), Eoghan O’Gara, Alan Brogan and Jonny Cooper 0-1 each.

Scorers for Monaghan: Kieran Hughes 0-2 (0-2f), Rory Beggan 0-1 (0-1’45), Dick Clerkin and Conor McManus 0-1 each.

72,440 confirmed as the attendance today.

The teams are out and the second half is under way with 11. Paul Finlay on for Monaghan in place of Donaghy.

Dublin 2-9 Monaghan 0-5

36mins: Kevin McManamon gets the second half scoring started and it remains all too easy for Dublin.

Dublin 2-10 Monaghan 0-5

38mins: Paul Flynn grabs his first point of the game and the Leinster champions show no sign of letting up.

Dublin 2-11 Monaghan 0-6

39mins: A McManus close range free gets Monaghan on the scoreboard in the second half but Alan Brogan’s point keeps the gap at 11.

Dublin 2-13 Monaghan 0-6

41mins: Dick Clerkin picks up a yellow for a high challenge on Philly McMahon. Eoghan O’Gara has another point to his total, quickly followed by another Alan Brogan score.

Dublin 2-13 Monaghan 0-6

43mins: Dublin have a 13 point lead and still don’t look like they’ve had to get out of third gear in this year’s championship.

Dublin 2-11 Monaghan 0-7

42mins: A McManus free reduces the gap to ‘just’ 12 points.

Dublin 2-14 Monaghan 0-7

46mins: Shooting practise now for Jim Gavin’s men as Bernard Brogan scores yet another free.

Dublin 2-14 Monaghan 0-8

46mins: Dick Clerkin get’s Monaghan’s eighth score of the day from play.

Dublin 2-14 Monaghan 0-8

48mins: 21. Dean Rock is on for Cian O’Sullivan just after Cormac Costello blazes a great goal chance wide.

Dublin 2-14 Monaghan 0-8

49mins – Dublin are goal hunting now. Connolly the latest to miss an effort at raising the green flag.

Dublin 2-14 Monaghan 0-9

49mins – McManus points another free but Monaghan don’t look like getting the goals they need.

Dublin 2-15 Monaghan 0-9

51mins – Super score from Dean Rock, his first since his introduction.

Dublin 2-16 Monaghan 0-9

52mins – Croke Park is beginning to empty as Brogan points yet another free.

Dublin 2-16 Monaghan 0-10

56mins – McManus pads the stats with another free.

Dublin 2-17 Monaghan 0-10

58mins – Dublin showboating now but Connolly misses their third goal chance of the second half, Cluxton makes no mistake with the resulting ’45 though.

Dublin 2-18 Monaghan 0-10

60mins – Brogan points yet another free.

Dublin 2-18 Monaghan 0-10

62mins – Dean Rock grabs his second point since coming on and Dublin’s lead is 15.

Dublin 2-19 Monaghan 0-10

64mins – It’s so difficult to know what to make of this performance from Dublin other than to wonder just who can stop them retaining their title?

Dublin 2-19 Monaghan 0-11

65mins – Conor McManus with a fine score from play.

Dublin 2-20 Monaghan 0-11

67mins – Dublin defending as if their lead is 5 not, 15. Cormac Costello with their latest score.

Dublin 2-21 Monaghan 0-11

69mins – Paul Flynn with yet another Dublin point.

Dublin 2-22 Monaghan 0-11

70+1mins – Bernard Brogan increases the gap to 17 in injury time.


Dublin 2-22 Monaghan 0-11

That’s it from us. Thanks as always for joining us. Are Dublin as unstoppable as this scoreline suggest?

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Steve O'Rourke