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Monaghan march into Ulster final

Monaghan's Neil McAdam escapes the attentions of Fermanagh's Ruairí Corrigan
Monaghan's Neil McAdam escapes the attentions of Fermanagh's Ruairí Corrigan

MONAGHAN 1-20 FERMANAGH 0-13

The contest went along predicted lines. Fermanagh kept it tight for as long as possible. 

But ultimately Monaghan's class came to the fore in the final ten minutes as they secured their place in next month's decider against either Donegal or Derry.

Both sides traded points early on in an even start but points late in the first half from Darren Hughes and Kieran Hughes left Monaghan 0-7 to 0-5 ahead at the break.

Points from Eoin Duffy, Karl Donnelly and Conor McManus stretched the victors into a six-point lead by the 49th minute but Pete McGrath's men refused to lie down.

Fermanagh scored three on the trot before Ryan McCluskey - who had been outstanding for Pete McGrath's side - received his marching orders 12 minutes from time and from then on there was only going to be one winner.

Conor McManus hit the game's only goal late on while Stephen Gollogly missed a penalty and Darren Hughes saw red for a second yellow card offence.

While their ten-point winning margin flattered Monaghan ultimately the gulf in standards between the sides proved decisive.

Fermanagh will now be hoping for a home draw in the All-Ireland qualifiers.