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Dublin: 9°C Monday 12 April 2021

Two see red as Monaghan overcome Fermanagh to reach Ulster decider

There was, however, just two points between the sides at the break.

This young Monaghan supporter was happy with the result.
This young Monaghan supporter was happy with the result.
Image: Presseye/Andrew Paton/INPHO

Monaghan 1-20
Fermanagh 0-13

MONAGHAN BOOKED THEIR place in the 2015 Ulster football final with a 10-point win over Fermanagh at Breffni Park this afternoon.

It’s the third year in succession they’ve reached the provincial decider but they didn’t have it all their own way in Cavan.

With Fermanagh putting numbers behind the ball, forcing turnovers and double-teaming Conor McManus, Malachy O’Rourke’s men looked frustrated in the first half and it was reflected in the 0-7 to 0-5 scoreline at the break.

The game’s turning point came in the 55th minute when Ryan McCluskey received a straight red card for what looked like a knee on Monaghan’s Kieran Duffy. There was just three points between the teams at that stage.

However, the game was effectively over when McManus scored the only goal of the game just seconds later and the Farney could even afford Stephen Gollogly to miss a penalty as they cruised into the final.

Monaghan were themselves reduced to 14 men when Darren Hughes picked up a second yellow card with four minutes to play but it had little impact on the game and now O’Rourke’s charges will face Donegal or Derry in the Ulster final on 19 July.

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