Date Time Competition Season
27 May 2023 7:00 pm Sam Maguire Cup 2023

Match Report

O’Connell Salvages Late Draw For Monaghan

Karl O’Connell’s late point salvaged a 0-14 to 0-14 draw for Monaghan at Celtic Park after Shane McGuigan’s sublime nine points almost won it for Derry. 

This was a meeting of the Ulster Championship final, won by Derry a month ago, and a cagey first half reflected just how well these two teams know each other.

Momentum was a rare commodity as Derry and Monaghan regularly nudged into the lead by a point only to be pegged back level, almost immediately.

Ciaran McFaul and Gary Mahon exchanged this pleasantry within six minutes before Derry’s Shane McGuigan tried taking matters into his own hands, hitting a trio of well-taken points.

Sandwiching them though were Monaghan strikes via Dessie Ward, Conor McCarthy, and Michael Brannigan as it 0-4 to 0-4, stalemate after twenty-two minutes.

Brannigan’s brace briefly put Monaghan ahead for the first time, but McGuigan cancelled it out with a fourth point of his own.

Shane Carey and Niall Toner repeated the trick of Derry drawing level after going a point behind, but the home crowd were left wistfully wondering at the break as McCarthy’s second point, bang on half time, sent Monaghan in one point ahead.

Early points from Conor Boyle, McCarthy and goalkeeper Rory Beggan were enough to withstand the one-man siege that was McGuigan who pointed two more in-between in an action-packed second half start.

Still a goal eluded both teams, but Toner brought Derry within one before Carey and Brannigan (with their second and third points, respectively) extended the Monaghan momentum and, more importantly, score lead.

Substitute Lachlan Murray and Beggan swapped points entering the hour when a sublime quickfire double, two points in one minute, by the outstanding McGuigan made it 0-12 to 0-13, setting up a grandstand finish.

Defender Ethan Doherty levelled it up with moments left for Derry before McGuigan, fittingly, looked set to be the match winner, another fantastic point under pressure sailing over.

Monaghan, having led for a long spell, weren’t for lying down though and deservedly took a draw when O’Connell’s aim was true to tie it up at 0-14 each.

A pulsating start to the Sam Maguire tournament for both, McGuigan will haunt the Monaghan defence however having also racked up seven points in the Ulster semi-final.

Next up for Derry is a nearby trip to Donegal who lead the group on points difference, Monaghan host Clare earlier that same next Sunday (June 4th) as both reflect on a thriller in Celtic Park tonight.


1Odhran Lynch Goalkeeper
2Christopher McKaigue Defender
3Eoin McEvoy Defender
4Conor McCluskey Defender
5Conor Doherty Defender
6Gareth McKinless Midfielder
7Padraig McGrogan 23 Defender
8Conor Glass Midfielder
9Brendan Rogers Defender
10Niall Toner 13 Forward 32', 48'
11Paul Cassidy Forward
12Ethan Doherty Forward 71'
14Shane McGuigan Forward 9', 14', 21', 24', 37', 46', 63', 64', 73'
15Niall Loughlin 20 Forward
18Ciaran McFaul Forward 2'
16Ryan Scullion Goalkeeper
13Benny Heron 10
17Declan Cassidy Defender
19Shea Downey Defender
20Lachlan Murray 15 Forward 58'
21Ben McCarron Defender
22Paul McNeill Defender
23Padraig Cassidy 7 Forward
24Conleth McGuckian Defender
25Mark Doherty Defender
26Diarmuid Baker Forward


1Rory Beggan Goalkeeper 48', 61'
2Ryan O’Toole Defender
3Kieran Duffy Defender 41'
4Ryan Wylie Defender
5Karl O’Connell Defender 75'
6Conor Boyle Defender 36'
7Conor McCarthy Defender 22', 36', 42'
8Karl Gallagher 23
9Killian Lavelle 13 Midfielder
10Stephen O’Hanlon Forward
11Micheal Bannigan Forward 18', 24', 55'
12Dessie Ward 18 Defender 11'
19Shane Carey 24 Forward 32', 51'
14Gary Mohan 20 Forward 6'
15Ryan McAnespie Defender
16Darren McDonnell Goalkeeper
13Jack McCarron 9 Forward
17Sean Jones
18Conor McManus 12 Forward
20Darren Hughes 14 Midfielder
21Thomas McPhillips
22Kevin Loughran
23Kieran Hughes 8
24Darragh McElearney 19
25Francis Hughes
26Colm Lennon

Past Meetings

(Semi Final)
1-21 2-10
Ulster SFC
Celtic Park (Derry)

3-12 0-17
Ulster SFC
BOX-IT Athletic Grounds


Celtic Park (Derry)
Celtic Park, Lone Moor Road, Brandywell, Derry/Londonderry, County Borough of Londonderry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, BT48 9AX, United Kingdom