Game at a glance
Man of the match
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.
Monaghan needed all their guile and experience to survive this. No evidence of the nasty undercurrent that prevailed in Ballybofey despite their rivalry.
Conor McManus delivered a couple of moments of illumination but his last score from the tightest of angles was a measure of the man.
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.
Monaghan 5 (1, 1st half) Cavan 10 (4)
Monaghan 36 (16) Cavan 19 (11)
Monaghan 1 (Dermot Malone 39) Cavan 1 (Martin Reilly 58)
Monaghan 1 (Stephen Gollogly 68) Cavan 3 (James McEnroe 16, Niall McDermott 19, Damien O'Reilly 30).
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.