Dublin 1-19 Monaghan 0-12
Dublin booked their place in the All Ireland semi finals later this month with a convincing 10 point win over Monaghan at Croke Park on Saturday evening. Jim Gavin side will now go on and play Tyrone in 3 weeks time.
The game began with Dublin starting the brightest with Paul Mannion, Paddy Andrews and Dean Rock all pointing. Conor McManus was well marshalled by the Dublin defence but he got Monaghan first score which came from a free, before the lead was out to eight points after 24 minutes when Con O’Callaghan registered a nice point from play. Dublin could have raised a few green flags before then though as James McCarthy and O’Callaghan had their shots saved by Beggan. Dublin were in complete control and James McCarthy popped over a nice point on the stroke of half time. Dublin led by 0-11 to 0-03 at the break.
Monaghan started the second half better and Conor McCarthy notched over some fine scores. However, hope of a Monaghan revival where quickly diminished as a Dean Rock was picked out by Andrews and the Ballymun man palmed the ball to the net with ease. Bernard Brogan had a goal chance but it was saved by Beggan, from the resulting 45 Rock split the posts. It was 1-15 to 0-07 with 52 minutes played.
Beggan landed a free for Monaghan from long range, but at this stage the game was all but over. The Dublin full back line were superb with McMahon, O’Sullivan and Fitzsimons all putting in fine performances. The Dublin forwards also weren’t finished scoring as Rock, O’Gara and Paul Flynn stretched the Dublin lead out to 13 points with 60 minutes played.
Monaghan fought to the end to their credit. Ryan McAnespie and McManus pointing. However it’s Dublin who will play Tyrone on August 27th in what should be a closer game.
Player of the Match : Dean Rock