Sunday 4 December 2016

Game at a glance

Published 25/05/2015 | 02:30

Man of the match: Darren Hughes
Man of the match: Darren Hughes

Man of the match

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Darren Hughes (Monaghan)

When Monaghan needed a shoulder to the wheel in the second half, Hughes provided it, his spectacular catch and point on 52 minutes a real catalyst.

Talking point

Monaghan needed all their guile and experience to survive this. No evidence of the nasty undercurrent that prevailed in Ballybofey despite their rivalry.

Magic moment

Conor McManus delivered a couple of moments of illumination but his last score from the tightest of angles was a measure of the man.

Ref watch

Padraig Hughes incurred the wrath of the Cavan sideline and support in the second half as the free count weighed heavily in Monaghan's favour, but Dessie Mone may have had a penalty in the middle of it all. Got both his black cards right.

Match statistics

Wides

Monaghan 5 (1, 1st half) Cavan 10 (4)

Frees

Monaghan 36 (16) Cavan 19 (11)

Black cards

Monaghan 1 (Dermot Malone 39) Cavan 1 (Martin Reilly 58)

Yellow cards

Monaghan 1 (Stephen Gollogly 68) Cavan 3 (James McEnroe 16, Niall McDermott 19, Damien O'Reilly 30).

Attendance

18,540

What's next

Monaghan meet the winners of Fermanagh and Antrim in an Ulster semi-final on June 21, Cavan are into the 1A qualifiers on June 20.

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