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.
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.
R McDonnell for P McElroy, J Bradley for D Tallon, T O’Brien for C Carville, D Mullan for N Loughlin.
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).
C Meegan for D Freeman, D Meegan 0-2 for F McMahon, M McCarville for C Lavelle.
N Cullen (Fermanagh).