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Gilligan finds range

Derry 1-21
Monaghan 1-12

Published 24/01/2011 | 05:00

A second-half scoring spree allowed Derry to book a semi-final berth at Celtic Park yesterday.

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The accuracy of Paul Finlay kept the Farney men in touch, but with Conleth Gilligan looking sharp and Brian McCallion raiding for two points, the Oak Leafers went score-crazy in the second half.

Gilligan and Paddy Bradley pointed twice each and James Conway scored from range to stretch the lead to six points.

Gilligan volleyed home a goal on 50 minutes to make it 1-16 to 0-10. Owen Duffy's goal gave Monaghan a lifeline. However, a late Finlay penalty was saved by Danny Devlin.

Scorers -- Derry: C Gilligan 1-6 (0-2f), P Bradley

0-7 (0-3f), B McCallion 0-2, N McNicholl, M Lynch, S L McGoldrick, M Drumm, J Conway, B McGoldrick 0-1 each. Monaghan: P Finlay 0-8 (0-5f), O Duffy 1-1, J Turley, P Kiernan, M Downey 0-1 each.

Derry -- D Devlin; B McCallion, G O'Kane, D McBride; M Drumm, B McGoldrick, A McAlynn; PJ McCloskey, J Conway; D Mullan, SL McGoldrick, M Lynch; N McNicholl, P Bradley, C Gilligan. Subs: N Holly for Conway (60), B McGuigan for B McGoldrick (66), M Donaghy for M Lynch (67), C McGoldrick for Gilligan (68), D Mulholland for Bradley (69).

Monaghan -- P McBennett; D Wylie, S Driver, K Duffy; P Kiernan, J O'Hara, S Smyth; D Clerkin, F Caulfield; G Doogan, M Downey, J Turley; K Hill, P Finlay, T Duffy. Subs: D Connolly for Driver (28), O Duffy for Smyth (h-t), M McElroy for T Duffy (53), B McKenna for (60).

Ref --J White (Donegal).

Irish Independent

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