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Champions Dublin leave it late to triumph in pulsating encounter

Monaghan 1-15 Dublin 2-15

Dublin are one win away from clinching a fifth consecutive Allianz Division One title after they edged a thrilling encounter against Monaghan in Clones yesterday.

Dublin's long unbeaten run in league and championship looked under serious threat when they trailed by six points after 45 minutes, but goals by substitutes Bernard Brogan and Jack McCaffrey saw the champions stretch that record to 36 games.

Jack McCarron and Karl O'Connell were in inspired form for Monaghan, with the former kicking 1-9, but despite leading for much of the game, Malachy O'Rourke's side fell just short of a result that would have earned them a top-two finish, with Dublin's vastly experienced subs making a key impact.

McCarthy closed the gap to a point, but Kieran Hughes and McCarron hit back to leave Monaghan three clear with 15 minutes remaining.

Andrews, Philly McMahon and Rock brought the Dubs level, however, before McCaffrey played a one-two with McCarthy and scythed through for a brilliant goal as the game moved into added time.

Fintan Kelly brought Monaghan back within two, but a Brogan point sealed a pulsating win for Dublin, who will play Kerry in Sunday's final at Croke Park.

Scorers

Monaghan: Jack McCarron 1-9 (0-4f), Kieran Hughes 0-2, Karl O'Connell 0-1, Conor McManus 0-1f, Fintan Kelly 0-1, Owen Duffy 0-1.

Dublin: Dean Rock 0-5f, Bernard Brogan 1-1, Jack McCaffrey 1-0, James McCarthy 0-2, Paddy Andrews 0-2, Ciaran Reddin 0-2, Brian Fenton 0-1, Philip McMahon 0-1, Ciaran Kilkenny 0-1.

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