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Monaghan grind past wasteful Fermanagh

Monaghan 1-10 Fermanagh 1-06

Red mist: Referee Maurice Deegan dismisses Lee Cullen
Red mist: Referee Maurice Deegan dismisses Lee Cullen

By Colm Bradley

Monaghan secured a four point win over a Fermanagh side that will feel they missed enough chances to win the game.

It means Malachy O'Rourke's men will be in the draw for round two of the qualifiers and the Monaghan manager revealed after the game that that was the only objective coming into the game.

"The only thing that mattered today was getting the win. Nothing else was important," he said.

"We just wanted to be in the draw for the next round.

"They got the perfect start and it is very hard to haul that three point deficit back but we managed to do that and I suppose we are just delighted to get over the line." The perfect start for Fermanagh that O'Rourke is talking about came in the shape of a Ryan Lyons goal in the opening few minutes of the game.

A neat fist pass from Declan McCusker released Lyons in behind and he coolly finished to the corner.

Fermanagh moved 1-02 to 0-01 ahead with Daniel Teague looking dangerous inside but Monaghan slowly started to take a grip around the middle with Fermanagh struggling on retain a healthy share of their own kick out.

Kieran Hughes started to assert himself and Monaghan scored five in a row with Fermanagh failing to score for the rest of the half.

Hughes swung over two while Beggan scored a beauty of a free from near the sideline and Viney Corey notched with an effort from distance.

After the break Monaghan pushed this one point interval lead to three and O'Rourke was a happy man on the sideline.

But Fermanagh were not done yet and they refused to go quietly from the 2019 Championship despite dropping a number of shots short into Beggan's grateful grasp.

Ultan Kelm, who was their best player on the day, made another strong run forward and played the ball across to Conal Jones who was adjudged to have been pushed in the large square.

Beggan dived lowed to his right and saved Quigley's penalty.

The Roslea man did convert the resulting 50 but before that Lee Cullen saw red for an off-the-ball clash.

Reduced to 14, Fermanagh kept pressing but Monaghan were able to get their scores more easily and McCarthy put the game beyond doubt with a goal after Jack McCarron had nipped in to steal a Fermanagh short kick out.

Monaghan: R Beggan; K Duffy, V Corey, R Wylie; K O'Connor, C Boyle, D Ward; F Kelly, K Hughes; R McAnespie, D Malone, S Carey; C McCarthy, N Kearns, C McManus. Subs: J McCarron for Carey (49), D Moane for Boyle (59), D Moane for Corey (59), S O'Hanlon for McManus (61), M Brannigan for Malone (66), P McKenna for McAnespie (72).

Scorers: C McCarthy (1-01, 0-01f), C McManus (0-03, 0-02f), K Hughes (0-02), R McAnespie (0-01), J McCarron (0-01 f), R Beggan (0-01f), N Kearns (0-01).

Yellow cards: V Corey (22), R Beggan (53), J McCarron (55)

Black Cards: McManus (60)

Fermanagh: J McGrath; J Cassidy, C Cullen, L Cullen; U Kelm, J McMahon, K Connor; C Jones, R Jones; B Mulrone, A Breen, C Corrigan; D McCusker, R Lyons, D Teague. Subs: S Quigley for Teague (34), K McDonnell for Mulrone (41), P McCusker for Breen (61), D McGurn for Connor (66), S McGullion for O'Donnell (68), C McBrien for R Lyons (73).

Yellow Cards: D Teague (3), C Corrigan (22), J McMahon (38)

Red Cards: L Cullen (55), P McCusker (76), J McMahon (76)

Referee: M Deegan (Laois).

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