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Cup re-match for Monaghan

By Declan Bogue

Although Monaghan were soundly beaten by Dublin in Clones in their last regulation game of the season, they have a chance next weekend to atone for their 11-point defeat when they meet Jim Gavin's side in the league semi-finals.

A third minute-goal from Brian Fenton sent the Metropolitans on their way early on and they were already ahead by 1-9 to 0-5 by the interval with eight different scorers.

The match, where the throw-in had to be delayed because of congestion getting into the ground, fizzled out as a contest soon after with Dessie Mone sent to the stands after committing a black card offence.

A respectable gloss was put on the scoreboard with a late Darren Hughes goal, but Monaghan manager Malachy O'Rourke will have some deep-thinking to do this week as they prepare to face a side which seems to have no problems whatsoever with them.

The other league semi-final will be between Cork and Donegal.

Rory Gallagher's side produced a late flourish to tie away from home with old enemies Mayo and when Stephen Griffin's effort sailed over the bar, it left them in contention for their first league title since 2007.

Down are promoted back to the top flight after they overcame Laois at home.

Goals from captain Conor Laverty, Paul Devlin and Arthur McConville ensures that their stay in Division Two merely lasted a few months under new boss Jim McCorry.

Cavan will remain there, after they collapsed against Meath, conceding five points in the last five minutes in Navan.

Division Two will have a decidedly Ulster feel to it next season, with Derry and Tyrone dropping down from Division One, to join Cavan, and newly-promoted Armagh and Fermanagh, who lost their dead rubber games to Sligo and Clare respectively.

Antrim were unable to get anything out of Offaly in Tullamore, and so will spend their third year in succession in Division Four in 2016.

In the Allianz hurling league Division 3A final, Tyrone had gathered up a lead against Monaghan and had it wiped out when Stephen Lambe goaled, but they soon straightened themselves up to triumph at Keady on a scoreline of 0-18 to 1-11.

They now play neighbours Donegal, who lost the Division 2B relegation play-off against Mayo last week.

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