Monaghan bow out of Ulster to Derry

Apr 29, 2023 19:24 By Dave Hooper
Monaghan bow out of Ulster to Derry Monaghan bow out of Ulster to Derry
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Monaghan bow out of Ulster SFC to rampant defending champions Derry

Monaghan bowed out of the ulster championship after a rampant Derry secured a place in the Ulster final.

The defending champions were excellent in-front of goal winning out 1-21 to 2-10.

Conor Glass, Paul Cassidy, Shane McGuigan and Gareth McKinless had Derry four points to one ahead after 11 minutes.


Rory Beggan’s free Monaghan’s opening score and his second free made it a two point game on 12 minutes.

Cassidy and Ethan Doherty make it six points to two before Karl O'Connell ran through the Derry defence and buried the ball to the net.

However Derry inspired by man of the match McGuigan were not phased. McGuigan added two points plus one from Niall Tonner as Monaghan responded with an O’Connell point.


Derry had their own goal on 26 minutes, Conor McCluskey raced through the Monaghan defence. Beggan couldn’t stop the shot as Derry moved 1-9 to 1-3 ahead.

Monaghan were made climb a mountain just before half-time. A McGuigan free and points from Ethan Doherty and goalkeeper Oran Lynch moved Derry eight ahead.

Conor McManus last kick of the half a converted free made it 1-12 to 1-5 at the break.


Two McGuigan points and one form Padraig McGrogan pushed Derry further ahead after the restart.

Monaghan found their second goal 10 minutes into the second-half. The Derry defence couldn’t hand an up. Ryan Wylie's effort hits the post and Karl Gallagher turned the rebound into the net.

Derry again were up to any potential Monaghan revival. Glass, Doherty cancelled out Monaghan scorers Kieran Hughes, Conor Boyle and Michael Bannigan.


McGuigan converted two further frees to bring his total to nine points with Brendan Rogers putting the ice on cake with the game’s final score.

Monaghan never gave up however with Stephen O’Hanlon getting the Farney men’s final score of the game.

Monaghan will now enter the All-Ireland group stage as a third seed. Derry will face the winner of Armagh and Down in the ulster final.

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