Monaghan Begin Ulster Minor Campaign With Win

Monaghan progressed to the quarter-finals of the Electrical Ireland Ulster minor football championship with a three point win over Down in Clones.

Tiarnan Kierans goal six minutes from time helped Monaghan to the 1-13 to 1-10 victory, having trailed by three point’s moments before the goal.

The reigning Ulster minor champions set up a quarter-final with Antrim having trailed by one point at half-time and until the final six minutes.

Monaghan had moved into a three point lead with Down registering their first score after 14 minutes to make it three points to one.

Two quick fire Down points saw the teams level. Jason Irwin and Sean Og McCusker exchanged points on 27 minutes to make it four points each.

A minute before half-time Ryan McGill made it five points to four, giving Down a half-time lead.

John McGovern made it six points to four with Monaghan’s Karl Gallagher and Jason Irwin sending over a point each to level the game.

Monaghan regained the lead seven minutes into the second half via a Darragh Dempsey free.

Oisin Savage levelled the game with a Down free, two minutes later. Tiarnan Kierans but Monaghan a point ahead 0-8 to 0-7.

Adam Cirmmins found the Monaghan on 40 minutes to put Down two points ahead. John McGovern, Adam Crimmins moved Down four points clear.

Darragh Dempsey put a goal between the sides with 15 minutes remaining. Four minutes later Liam McDonald sent over a free to make it a two point game.

With 10 minutes remaining Oisin Savage sent over what proved to be Down’s final score of the game to make it 1-10 to 10 points.

Kierans goal arrived with six minutes remaining, Jason Irwin, Diarmiud Marron and Liam McDonald wrapped up a 1-13 to 1-10 victory.

Monaghan will now Antrim in the Ulster Minor Quarter-final.