Monaghan through to MFC semi-final after Tipperary win

The Ulster champions defeated the Premier County at Pearse Park.

Conor Forde and Donal Meegan of Monaghan celebrate (file photo).
Conor Forde and Donal Meegan of Monaghan celebrate (file photo).
Image: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Monaghan 0-12
Tipperary 0-9

MONAGHAN HAVE BEATEN Tipperary in the All-Ireland MFC quarter-final at Pearse Park.

The Farney County, already crowned Ulster champions this year, have booked a date with Mayo at Croke Park on August 25 by claiming a three-point win.

Beaten Munster finalists Tipperary began with a strong wind advantage and scored the opening point through an Alan Tynan free.

Paul Shanahan added a second but Monaghan responded with scores from Conor McCarthy and Fearghal McMahon to make it 0-4 to 0-2 after 11 minutes.

Monaghan had a goal chance brilliantly saved by Jack Brady right before the half-time whistle went but McCarthy followed up to send over a point and leave one between them at the break.

Tipperary started the second half strongly but McCarthy pulled Monaghan level with his third point.

Monaghan then took the lead for the first time through McMahon and Michael O’Dowd added to it with a brilliant score. Tipp got back on par with Paul Maher and Tynan on target.

There was a brief stoppage in play after a clash of heads between Donal Meegan and Willie Connors then McCarthy added another score and Ryan McAnespie, with a long distance effort, put gave Monaghan a two-point cushion.

Tynan kept Charlie McKeever’s men within touching distance and they were unlucky to see two goalbound efforts blocked on the line and a third attempt crash off the crossbar.

Mick O’Dowd picked up a second yellow card and O’Riordan pulled one back for the Munster men before the final whistle blew.

MONAGHAN: C Forde; S Treanor, K Loughran, P McArdle; A Kieran, A Curran, D Brown; D Ward, M Murnaghan; R McAnespie, D McAlister, M O’Dowd; C McCarthy, B McGinn, F McMahon.

TIPPERARY: J Brady; D Owens, J Feehan, W Connors; L Boland, R Mulcahy, K Fahey; L Casey, C O’Riordan; P Shanahan; J Keane, C Lowry; A Tynan, T Kirwan, P Maher.

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