Saturday 24 February 2018

Game at a glance

Man of the match

Darren Hughes (Monaghan)

No man did more to lift his team than Hughes, who scored a brilliant penalty and was consistent and inspirational throughout.

Turning point

The sending-off of Dick Clerkin. It initially refreshed Monaghan's challenge, but it went against them badly in the late stages.

Talking point

Clerkin's dismissal and whether this was a game that really warranted 14 yellow cards and an additional red, especially as Monaghan bore the brunt of them.

Ref watch

Conditions meant that Cormac Reilly had to stamp his authority on things, but was Clerkin's second yellow a bit premature?

What they said

Mickey Harte (Tyrone manager)

"A lot of other people seem to be preoccupied with their (Tyrone's players) age, I certainly am not...They are the type of players you need to win championship matches."

Eamonn McEneaney (Monaghan manager)

"At one stage it looked bleak for us, playing with 14 men, but I was very heartened by how we fought back."

Match statistics

Wides: Tyrone 6 (4); Monaghan 5 (2).

Frees: Tyrone 23 (12); Monaghan 37 (20).

Yellow cards: Tyrone 8 (C McCarron 14, P Jordan 26, A Cassidy 27, S Cavanagh 29; R McMenamin 49, D Carlin 50; C Cavanagh 68, K Hughes 70). Monaghan 6 (C Galligan 16, O Lennon 27, D Clerkin 29 & 30, D Hughes 32, C Walshe 64).

Red cards: Tyrone 0; Monaghan 2 (D Mone 72, D Clerkin second caution).

Attendance: 10,937.

What next?

Tyrone play Cavan/Donegal in the Ulster semi-final on June 25, while Monaghan go into the first round of the All-Ireland qualifiers.

Irish Independent

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