Sunday 18 February 2018

Monaghan set up All-Ireland quarter-final clash with Dublin

Monaghan 2-16 Kildare 2-14 (aet)

Chris McGuinness shoots past David Hyland and goalkeeper Mark Donnellan to score his side's second goal of the game
Chris McGuinness shoots past David Hyland and goalkeeper Mark Donnellan to score his side's second goal of the game

Monaghan dug deep in extra time to see off Kildare and advance to the quarter-final of the All-Ireland where they will meet Dublin.

In a thrilling game at Croke Park, Monaghan produced a brilliant second-half performance after they trailed the Lilywhites 2-5 to 0-8 at half time.

Vinny Corey’s second-half goal clawed the Farney County back into a game which was looking beyond them when they conceded two goals late in the first period.

This was truly a historic breakthrough for the Ulster men claiming their first championship win at Croke Park in 84 years.

The danger signs had already been flagged up when the Emmet Bolton slotted over an early point, but worse was to follow when he blasted home two goals in the 19th and 24th minute.

The first was a classic, blasted to the top corner of the net from Alan Smith’s perfectly timed pass.

Bolton drifted forward again five minutes later to spoon Cathal McNally’s cross to the net, and the Lilywhites led by five.

Paul Finlay angled over a couple of frees, but McGuinness was the only Farney attacker to score from play in the first half.

Monaghan dragged themselves back into the game after the break. By the 46th minute they had trimmed the deficit back to a single point.

For once, McManus managed to escape the shackles of Ollie Lyons and Fergal Conway to gather possession out on the right, and spotted Vinny Corey’s run.

The pass was perfectly timed and the centre back gave keeper Mark Donnellan no chance as the ball shook the net at the Canal End.

McManus hit a crucial free to send the match into extra-time on a 2-10 to 1-13 scoreline and Monaghan took control thereafter. Chris McGuinness collected Kieran Hughes’ cross to steer a low shot past Donnellan for a 2-15 to 2-11 lead at half-time in extra time and they never looked back.

Kildare scorers: E Bolton 2-1, E O’Flaherty 0-4 (1f), A Smith 0-3, P Fogarty 0-2 (1f, 1 ’45), H Lynch, N Kelly, P O’Neill, E Callaghan 0-1 each.

Monaghan scorers: C McGuinness 1-3, V Corey 1-0, C McManus 0-5 (5f), P Finlay 0-4 (4f), F Kelly, D Hughes, J McCarron, D Wylie 0-1 each

Kildare: M Donnellan, C Fitzpatrick, H McGrillen, O Lyons, E Bolton, F Conway, K Cribbin, T Moolick, P O’Neill, C McNally, H Lynch, E Callaghan, A Smith, P Brophy, E O’Flaherty.

Subs: E Doyle for Bolton (37), G White for Lynch (40), N Kelly for White (50), T O’Connor for McNally (53), S Hurley for O’Flaherty (59), O’Flaherty for Hurley (62), S Hurley for Brophy (65), D Hylanbd for Cribbin (70), P Fogarty for O’Connor (77), M Conway for F Conway (84)

Monaghan: R Beggan, R Wylie, D Wylie, C Walshe, D Mone, V Corey, F Kelly, D Clerkin, D Hughes, P McKenna, S Gollogly, P Finlay, D Malone, K Hughes, C McManus.

Subs: S Gollogly for Clerkin (h-t), G Doogan for Kerr (h-t), K O’Connell for McKenna (55), R Wylie for Boyle (65), K Duffy for Doogan (69), J McCarronf or Finlay (77), Doogan for Mone (BC, 89))

Referee: D Coldrick (Meath)

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