McCarron inspires Monaghan as students are given lesson
Monaghan 1-16 St Mary's College 0-8
A win would have seen St Mary's through to the Dr McKenna Cup semi-finals but a stronger, more focused Monaghan proved the masters in this entertaining contest in Clones.
Just 771 hardy souls turned out for this game that saw three black cards issued, two to Monaghan and one to the students, by referee Joe McQuillan.
Monaghan were never headed in the entire contest, getting off to a good start with four points on the board before St Mary's opened their account in the 15th minute.
Monaghan went on to lead at half-time by 0-9 to 0-3.
By the end of the third quarter Monaghan had extended their lead to nine points with Jack McCarron then striking for the only goal of the game in the 53rd minute to seal the issue.
St Mary's legs tired visibly although, to their credit, they battled gamely to the finish.
Contests like this are the perfect preparation for the Sigerson Cup but their couple of late points served only to give more respectability to the score.
Scorers -- Monaghan: J McCarron 1-4 (1f), T Kerr 0-3 (1f), P Finlay 0-2, K Duffy, K O'Connell, C McGuinness, S Smyth, P Donaghy, D Clerkin, S Gollogly 0-1 each. St Mary's College: T Canavan 0-3 (2fs), R Sexton 0-2 (1f), R Johnstone, B Hasson, A McGarrity 0-1 each.
Monaghan -- G McCaffrey; F Kelly, K Duffy, R Wylie; K O'Connell, D Mone, C Galligan; G Doogan, P Finlay; P Keenan, J McCarron, T Kerr; C McGuinness, S Smyth, P Donaghy. Subs: S Gollogly for C McGuinness (48), D Clerkin for P Finlay (50), C Boyle for G Doogan (54), D Malone for K Duffy (59, BC), S Carey for J McCarron (59), P Finlay for S Carey (72, BC).
St Mary's College -- D McAnenly; D Morrow, N Donnelly, M Murray; C McMahon, R Loughran, C McCann; B Hasson, K McKernan; R O'Callaghan, A Forker, R Johnstone; B O'Hagan, P Carragher, T Canavan. Subs: R Sexton for A Forker (22), J Duffy for C McCann (16), A McGarrity for R Johnston (35, BC), S Mullan for D Morrow (h-t), E Magee for C McMahon (46), T McCaffrey for B O'Hagan (63).
REF -- J McQuillan (Cavan)