Queen's give Monaghan lesson
Queen's got off to a winning start in Clones on Saturday against an experimental Monaghan side who played three quarters of the game with 14 men after Francis Caulfield was sent off for a second yellow card after just 14 minutes.
Queen's led at half-time by 0-5 to 0-3 and while Monaghan pulled back a point within two minutes of the restart, the students took almost total control in the third quarter to register five unanswered points to open a six-point lead against the Farney men.
Queen's then had Joe Ireland dismissed on a straight red card but they managed three further points going into the final 10 minutes to open an eight-point lead.
The introduction of Keith Hill gave new impetus to Monaghan up front, and with the numbers now even, the Farney men fashioned a fighting finish that yielded four points without reply -- three from Paul Finlay, and one from Hill to leave four between them at the finish.
Scorers -- QUB: N McKenna (2f), C Kielt (1f) 0-3 each, R Jones, B Cox 0-2 each, C Fleming 0-2 (2f), C Crilly 0-1. Monaghan: P Finlay 0-5 (4f), M McElroy 0-2, K Hill and S Smyth 0-1 each.
QUB -- P Graham; O Duffy, N McGovern, O Costello; L Howard, J O'Kane, M Gallagher; R Jones, N McKenna; B Cox, C Kielt, C Crilly; J O'Brien, PD Savage, C Rafferty. Subs: J Ireland for Gallagher, S Barton for Cox, C Fleming for Crilly, C McGovern for O'Brien.
Monaghan -- M Keogh; D Wylie, S Driver, K Duffy; G Doogan, S Smyth, G Flanagan; F Caulfield, D Clerkin; B O'Brien, P Finlay, D Malone; O Duffy, M McElroy, M Downey. Subs: D Duffy for K Duffy, K Hill for Downey, J Turley for Flanagan, J O'Hara for O Duffy, C Woods for O'Brien.
Ref -- G Walsh (Antrim).