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Rogers compounds the Monaghan misery

Derry 6-18 Monaghan 1-12

By Seamas McCarthy

Three second-half goals from Derry super sub Brendan Rogers was enough to see off Monaghan in Saturday's Nicky Rackard Cup semi-final at Inniskeen.

Next Sunday the Slaughtneil dual star will be hoping to curb the Tyrone attack in Derry's Ulster football championship opener but he led the Farney rear-guard a merry dance.

Chrissy McKaigue also featured in the second-half and football manager Damian Barton will be relieved the duo saw the game out without injury.

In a shambolic fixture arrangement, Monaghan were scheduled to play at the same time their minor and senior footballers were in action at Clones.

Things got even worse when Carlow official Patrick Murphy had to delay the game by almost 20 minutes, waiting on the delivery of the Monaghan jerseys,

A very determined Derry rattled off early points from Gerald Bradley and Alan Grant but by the fifth minute the home side were level with points from Stephen Lambe and Donal Meegan.

With the aid the wind, Monaghan had the better of the exchanges for much of the first-half and but for a glut of wides, could have put their stamp on the game.

But Monaghan hopes of a shock were ended as the Oakleafers led 2-7 to 0-5 at half-time.

Derry dominated trhe second half with McKaigue, Convery and Rogers keeping the scoreboard ticking over. The Farney men were reliant on Lambe for scores, until full-back Peter Treanor, substitutes PJ Boyle and Jamie Dooley chipped in for points.

It was irrelevant as Rogers blasted home his third goal, before Convery got on the act, drilling a close range free to the net to stamp Derry's passport to Croke Park.

Derry scorers: L Hinphey (0-1), G Bradley (0-2), A Grant (1-4, 2f, 1 pen), A Kelly (0-1), B Cassidy (1-0), D Cartin (0-2). Subs: C McKaigue for (0-1), B Rogers (3-3), R Convery (1-3, 1-2f), B McGilligan (0-1)

Monaghan: P Treanor (0-1), M Treanor (0-1), É Mac Suibhne (0-1), S Lambe (0-4, 1f), D Meegan (0-3, 2f), Tadhg Campbell (1-0). Subs: PJ Boyle (0-1), J Dooley (0-1)

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