Exiles take a big step towards final
Warwickshire 2-17 Monaghan 3-13
Warwickshire practically assured themselves of a place in the final by holding out against a resurgent Monaghan in this entertaining contest in Páirc na hÉireann on Saturday.
The Exiles led at half-time by 2-8 to 1-6, after the sides had been level at 1-1 apiece on 12 minutes.
Warwickshire took a firmer foothold in the third quarter and with 10 minutes of normal time remaining they had opened up a six-point lead, 2-15 to 2-9.
Monaghan battled back to outscore the home side by 1-4 to 0-2 in the closing stages, but just could not close the gap and the one-point defeat ends their interest in the latter stages of Division 3A.
Scorers - Warwickshire: N McKenna 1-4 (2f), D Nugent 1-2 (1f), K Magee 0-3, J Collins, S Caulfield 0-2 each, P Hoban, N Kennedy, P Scally, I Dwyer 0-1 each
Monaghan: F Rafter 0-11 (8f, 2'65), E Collins 1-2, P McGahon, M Treanor 1-0 each
Warwickshire - C Robbins 6; D Bruen 6, A Downey 7, M O'Regan 7; J Collins 7, P Hoban 7, D Kennedy 7; P Uniacke 8, S Caulfield 7; N McKenna 8, N Kennedy 7, P Scally 6; I Dwyer 6, D Nugent 6, G Lennon 6. Subs: K Magee 7 for G Lennon (35); B Fallon 6 for I Dwyer (51).
Monaghan - P Bermingham 7, J Guinan 7, K Crawley 7, B Flanagan 6, N Garland 6, P Finnegan 7, M Murphy 7, M Treanor 8, P Treanor 8, F Rafter 8, A Kenny 6, C Flynn 6, P McGahon 7, E Collins 7, B McGuigan 7
REF - A Ferguson (Fermanagh)