Monaghan far too strong for Fermanagh

Monaghan 2-20 Fermanagh 0-11

The game got off to a lively start with Fermanagh opening the scoring through a Seamus Quigley free, but that was the only time they were to lead in the opening period as Monaghan took increasing control to hit the home side on telling counter attacks. Monaghan were ahead by six points after 20 minutes and went on to lead at the break, 1-10 to 0-7, Thomas Kerr with the goal in the 10th minute.

On the resumption Monaghan picked up where they left off and by the 39th minute extended their lead to nine points with scorers from Paul Finlay, free, Shane Smyth and Thomas Kerr, free, before Fermanagh registered their first score of the second-half in the 41st minute through Seamus Quigley.

There was to be no revival as Monaghan re-asserted their superiority and had matters well wrapped up before Christopher McGuinness hit their second goal.

MONAGHAN: D Lavelle, F Kelly, K Duffy, R Wylie, K O’Connell,

C Boyle 0-1, C Galligan, G Doogan 0-1, P Finlay 0-4 (2f), S Carey 1-1, S Gollogly, T Kerr 0-6(1f), D Malone 0-2, S Smyth 0-1, P Keenan.

Subs: V Corey for C Galligan (BC), D Clerkin for G Doogan, M McElroy for P Finlay, J McCarron 0-3 (3f) for S Carey, C McGuinness 1-0 for D Malone.

FERMANAGH: C Snow, J Woods, A Breen, D McCusker, C Mulligan, T McElroy, C Foy, E Donnelly, R Hyde, A Boyle, S McElrone, M McAleer, C McBrien, Seamus Quigley 0-7 (5f, ?45), Sean Quigley 0-3 (1f).

Subs: T Daly for R Hyde, E Maguire 0-1 for C McBrien, N Cassidy for M McAleer, T Corrigan for A Boyle, N Shannon for C Mulligan, P McCusker for N Shannon.

Referee: B Cassidy (Derry).

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