Monaghan stay cool as 13-man Derry’s late revival falls short

Monaghan 0-15 Derry 1-08: Playing with 14 men for the final eight minutes of the first half and finishing with 13 players proved a bridge too far for Derry as Monaghan booked their place in the Ulster U21 semi final and with something to spare at Inniskeen last night.

Monaghan stay cool as 13-man Derry’s late revival falls short

In an even opening quarter the sides were level at 0-3 each.

Derry were reduced to 14 men after 23 minutes when Neil McNicholl was red carded. Nevertheless they then forged ahead, helped by a goal from Niall Loughlin and led 1-5 to 0-7 at half-time.

After the break Monaghan laid the foundations for victory with a strong 20 minutes when they registered six unanswered points to take a five-points lead.

Derry did pull back a couple of late points but their disappointment was compounded when they finished with 13 players following the dismissal of Ciaran McFaul in stoppage time.

DERRY:

B McKinless, A Hargan, M Sweeney, D Brown, C Carville, L McGoldrick, P McElroy, N McNicholl, C McAtamney 0-1, J Kearney, D Tallon, C McFaul 0-3 (1f), N Loughlin 1-3 (0-2f), C Murphy 0-1, N Toner.

Subs:

R McDonnell for P McElroy, J Bradley for D Tallon, T O’Brien for C Carville, D Mullan for N Loughlin.

MONAGHAN:

D Kirk, R Wylie, M Murnaghan, K Loughran, D Ward, B Hanratty, F Malone, C Lavelle, B Greenan 0-1, R McAnespie, D Freeman, P Keenan, C McCarthy 0-8 (6f), F McGeough 0-3, F McMahon 0-1 (f).

Subs:

C Meegan for D Freeman, D Meegan 0-2 for F McMahon, M McCarville for C Lavelle.

Referee:

N Cullen (Fermanagh).

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