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Monaghan overcome 14-man Fermanagh to reach third Ulster decider in a row

Published 21/06/2015 | 18:08

21 June 2015; Kieran Hughes, Monaghan, in action against Tiarnan Daly, Fermanagh. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final, Monaghan v Fermanagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
21 June 2015; Kieran Hughes, Monaghan, in action against Tiarnan Daly, Fermanagh. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final, Monaghan v Fermanagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
21 June 2015; Conor McManus, Monaghan, is double marked by Ryan McCluskey, left, and Marty O'Brien, Fermanagh. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final, Monaghan v Fermanagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
21 June 2015; The Monaghan squad. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final, Monaghan v Fermanagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 June 2015; The Fermanagh squad. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final, Monaghan v Fermanagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 June 2015; Darren Hughes, Monaghan, in action against Tiarnan Daly, Fermanagh. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final, Monaghan v Fermanagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan. Picture credit: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
21 June 2015; Tomas Corrigan, Fermanagh, in action against Ryan Wylie, Monaghan. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final, Monaghan v Fermanagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 June 2015; Tomas Corrigan, Fermanagh, in action against Ryan Wylie, Monaghan. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final, Monaghan v Fermanagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 June 2015; Barry Mulrone, Fermanagh, in action against Darren Hughes, Monaghan. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final, Monaghan v Fermanagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 June 2015; Karl O'Connell, Monaghan, in action against Richard O'Callaghan, Fermanagh. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final, Monaghan v Fermanagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
21 June 2015; Kieran Hughes, Monaghan, in action against Barry Mulrone, Fermanagh. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final, Monaghan v Fermanagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
21 June 2015; Richard O'Callaghan, Fermanagh, in action against Owen Lennon, Monaghan. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final, Monaghan v Fermanagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 June 2015; Barry Mulrone, Fermanagh, in action against Darren Hughes, Monaghan. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final, Monaghan v Fermanagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 June 2015; Kieran Hughes, Monaghan, in action against Barry Mulrone, Fermanagh. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final, Monaghan v Fermanagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
21 June 2015; Ryan Jones, Fermanagh, in action against Fintan Kelly, Monaghan. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final, Monaghan v Fermanagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 June 2015; Ryan Jones, Fermanagh, in action against Fintan Kelly, Monaghan. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final, Monaghan v Fermanagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
21 June 2015; Ryan Jones, Fermanagh, in action against Darren Hughes, left, and Owen Lennon, Monaghan. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final, Monaghan v Fermanagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan. Picture credit: Dire Brennan / SPORTSFILE

Monaghan will contest a third consecutive Ulster final after a 1-20 to 0-13 victory over 14-man Fermanagh at Kingspan Breffni Park.

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Malachy O'Rourke's men pulled away from the Ernesiders in the final quarter of the game following the sending-off of Ryan McCluskey.

It had been very nip-and-tuck up until McCluskey's dismissal but Monaghan were able to put the foot on the gas in the last 10 minutes.

Both sides  traded points early on in an even start but points late in the first half from Darren Hughes and Kieran Hughes meant that Monaghan led by 0-7 to 0-5 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 McCluskey received his marching orders 12 minutes from time and from there on in, there was only going to be one winner.

Conor McManus hit the net late on as O'Rourke's side won by a flattering 10-point win while Stephen Gollogly missed a penalty and Darren Hughes saw red for a second yellow card offence.

Next up for the winner's is an Ulster final clash with Donegal, it's the qualifiers for Fermanagh.

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