Hughes fires Farney
Kieran Hughes capped a dominant midfield display with a fine goal as Monaghan cruised to victory at Casement Park last night.
Antrim went ahead early on when Colm Fleming fired in a penalty. In the 11th minute, though, a scything three-man move ended with Hughes dispatching a daisy-cutter into the corner of the net.
Five unanswered points helped the visitors into a 1-7 to 1-3 interval lead.
Points by David Hughes and Chris McGuinness on the resumption were followed by a David Millar goal in the 34th minute to leave Monaghan leading by 2-9 to 1-3.
Fleming's late fisted goal was only a consolation for Antrim.
SCORERS -- Monaghan: D Hahessy 0-5 (0-2f), D Millar 1-1, K Hughes 1-0, C McGuinness 0-2 (0-1f), D Hughes, D Malone), P Tavey, D McNally 0-1 each. Antrim: C Fleming 2-3 (1-0 pen, 0-2f), F Burke (0-1f), M Armstrong, B Neeson 0-1 each.
MONAGHAN -- E McArdle; M Reilly, D Daly, C Galligan; C Walshe, K Duffy, D Hughes; C Greenan, K Hughes; D Hahessy, D Malone, B McArdle; C McGuinness, P Tavey, D Miller. Subs: P O'Hara for B McArdle (46), D McNally for Tavey (48), B McCrudden for Malone (50), K Boyce for E McArdle (53)
ANTRIM - P Graham; D McAlernon, D McCann, C McVeigh; P Gallagher, J Lavery, S Finch; M Magowan, B Rushe; P McCann, F Burke, M Armstrong; C Fleming, M Kelly, B Neeson. Subs: M McAleese for Gallagher (23), M Graham for Magowan (40), E McNeill for Rushe (20), P Johnston for McVeigh (39), M Kane for Burke (47).
REF -- B Cassidy (Derry).