Last Gasp Dubs Deny Monaghan Famous Victory

A last gasp point from Davy Byrne saved the day for Dublin as they secured a 1-15 a-piece draw with Monaghan in Croke Park.

Kevin McManamon fisted a goal for Dublin with just seconds of normal time remaining to make it a three point game as Dublin fought back for a draw.

It took Conor McManus less than 50 seconds to open the scoring and it was a Monaghan goal as he skipped past the Dublin defence and rifled home.

Dean Rock responded with a point but Michael Bannigan sent over tow Monaghan’s points as they led 1-2 to one point after seven minutes.

Dessie Ward, Ryan McAnespie and Niall Kearrns all sent over points as Monaghan led by seven points, 1-5 to one point after 12 minutes.

Points from Conor McManus, a Rory Beggan free and a Conor McCarthy point moved Monaghan into a 1-9 to three point lead at the break, the only black spot being Kieran Hughes black.

Dublin used the wind to their advantage in the second half, two Dean Rock points including a free and a Ciaran Kilkenny point bring the gap back to six points.

Rory Beggan’s monster free into the wind got Monaghan on the scoreboard in the second-half to make it 1-10 to 0-6.

Dean Rock and Conor McManus exchanged points from frees with James McCarthy clawing another point back for the Dubs.

Conor McManus moved Monaghan into a eight point lead with a free and a mark with Rory Beggan extending the lead with a 45’, as Monaghan led 1-14 to eight points with 11 minutes remaining.

Sean Bulger, a Dean Rock free and Niall Scully point brought Dublin back into within six points as the clock ticked down.

Conor Boyle restored the seven point advantage which was cancelled out by Colm Basquel with two minutes remaining.

Kevin McManamon fisted a goal past Rory Beggan in the final moments of normal time to make it 1-15 to 1-12.

The Dubs showed their ruthlessness as two Sean Bulger points pulled Dublin within a point as Davy Byrne sent Hill-16 into celebrations in nearly the 10th minute of injury to secure a draw.