Monaghan reserved his place in the SFC Ulster semi-finals with a ten-point win over Fermanagh at Clones. A goal from Jack McCarron in the 18th minute sent Monaghan back on track in a game they never lagged behind, but the winners will have concerns over injuries to Darren Hughes and Conor McManus.
The home side had 12 players on the scoresheet as they stayed away from a Fermanagh side who relied on Seán Quigley for half of their total.
It took five minutes for the opener, which saw SFC debutant Aaron Mulligan break the deadlock for Monaghan, before Seán Quigley made Fermanagh forget.
Monaghan responded with three unanswered runs via a brace from Conor McManus and one from Jack McCarron and although Jonny Cassidy finished ten minutes goalless for Fermanagh, the hosts hit the net at the end of the first quarter with McCarron winning the house. after Seán McNally parries a powerful Kieran. Duffy effort.
Quigley and Darragh McGurn kept Fermanagh in touch, but McCarron, Dessie Ward and Mícheál Bannigan added points for Monaghan.
Quigley finished the first half with four points (three on free goals), while Josh Largo-Ellis added one, but Ryan Wylie, Mulligan, Bannigan and Conor McCarthy had Monaghan in the lead by a double score (1 -11 to 0-7) at halftime. -time.
Quigley attempted a daring long-distance lob in injury time, with Rory Beggan out of line, but the Monaghan goalkeeper returned in time to make a comfortable save.
Monaghan extended his lead after the restart thanks to Mulligan and substitute Niall Kearns, although Quigley, Ultan Kelm and substitute Aidan Breen responded for Fermanagh.
McManus added to his tally for Monaghan, who also saw Colin Walshe come off the bench to score a pair of points, while Fermanagh had a goal chance for Largo-Ellis blocked by Ryan McAnespie, with penalty calls falling in the deaf ear.
However, towards the end of the game, Monaghan’s star forward injured his knee in an accidental collision and had to be helped off the pitch. It remains to be seen whether he will return to the 2021 championship.
Killian Lavelle and Conor Boyle added their names to Monaghan’s scoring roster in the final ten minutes, Quigley and Seán Cassidy answered for Fermanagh, before Beggan converted an added time of 45 to complete the scoring.
Monaghan: Rory Beggan (0-01, 1’45); Kieran Duffy, Conor Boyle (0-01), Ryan Wylie (0-01); Mícheál Bannigan (0-02), Dessie Ward (0-01), Karl O’Connell (0-01); Darren Hughes, Killian Lavelle (0-01); Stephen O’Hanlon, Conor McCarthy (0-01, 1m), Ryan McAnespie; Aaron Mulligan (0-03), Jack McCarron (1-02, 2f), Conor McManus (0-04, 2f, 1m).
Subscribers: Niall Kearns (0-01) for Hughes (inj., 31); Colin Walshe (0-02, 1m) for McCarron (51); Shane Carey for O’Hanlon (54); Kieran Hughes for McCarthy (61); Fintan Kelly for O’Connell (66); Karl McMenamin for Lavelle (inj., 75).
Fermanagh: Seán McNally; Jonny Cassidy (0-01), Kane Connor, Kevin McDonnell; Josh Largo-Ellis (0-01), Cian McManus, Luke Flanagan; Stephen McGullion, Darragh McGurn (0-01); Declan McCusker, Ultan Kelm (0-01), James McMahon; Ciarán Corrigan, Eoin Donnelly, Seán Quigley (0-07, 5f, 1’45).
Subscribers: Aidan Breen (0-02) for McDonnell (32); Richard O’Callaghan for McGurn (41); Seán Cassidy (0-1) for McManus (57); Tiarnan Bogue for McGullion, Mark McCauley for McMahon (both 64).
Arbitrator: Barry Cassidy (Derry).