Date Time Competition Season
30 April 2022 4:30 pm Ulster Senior Football Championship 2022

Match Report

Ulster SFC: Monaghan withstand goal surge to ease past Down

Monaghan withstood a Down scoring blitz to ease through to the Ulster SFC semi-finals with a 0-23 to 2-7 victory in Clones 

While the underdogs needed a good start, it was Monaghan who got it through a Rory Beggan free in the opening seconds.  

Jack McCarron and Kieran Hughes tagged on another two to establish a three point lead in the opening 15 minutes. Pat Havern opened Down’s account in the 16th minute. 

McCarron and Andrew Woods added two more after Conor McManus and Gary Mohan opened their accounts. Andrew Gilmore’s free made it 0-9 to 0-2 before having to go off through injury. 

Monaghan stayed in control of the game with McCarron to the fore once more and got four points in total in the first half to open up a 0-12 to 0-4 before everything changed on the stroke of half-time.  

Conor Poland grabbed a much-needed score before Caolan Mooney shimmied past the Monaghan defence before drilling a low shot into the corner, rattling Rory Beggan’s net. 0-12 to 1-4 at the break. 

Down started how they finished the first half when Pat Havern got a goal straight from the throw in to put two between the sides. 

Monaghan regained control of the match through points from Gary Mohan, McManus and McCarron to give them a 0-16 to 2-4. 

Both sides traded points to leave it at 0-18 to 2-5 heading into the final quarter which Monaghan duly controlled. Conor McManus added three points in quick succession to increase the gap to ten with ten remaining. 

Barry O’Hagan and McCarron traded frees to leave 0-22 to 2-6 heading into the final minutes.  

Tiernan Rush added a free for Down but was sent off moments later for a second yellow after a high tackle on Karl O’Connell.  

Overall a comfortable victory for Monaghan on a wet day in Clones. Banty McEneaney’s side will face either Tyrone or Derry in the last four. 


1Rory Beggan Goalkeeper 1', 24'
2Kieran Duffy 19 Defender 48'
3Conor Boyle Defender 67'
4Ryan Wylie Defender 29'
5Ryan McAnespie Defender
6Dessie Ward Defender
7Conor McCarthy Defender
8Darren Hughes Midfielder
9Niall Kearns Midfielder
10Andrew Woods Forward 20'
11Kieran Hughes 20 Forward 9'
12Micheal Bannigan 18 Forward
13Jack McCarron Forward 8', 15', 22', 26', 45', 50', 61'
14Gary Mohan Forward 19', 33', 36'
15Conor McManus Forward 17', 43', 53', 58'
17Colin Walshe Forward
24David Garland 20
19Drew Wylie 2
25Jason Irwin
16Joe Kirk
20Karl O’Connell 24
18Shane Carey 12 Forward 55'
23Shane Hanratty Defender


1Niall Kane Goalkeeper
2Peter Fegan Defender
3Brendan McArdle 20 Defender
4Darren O’Hagan Defender
5Ryan Magill Defender
6Niall McParland Defender
7Ruairi McCormack Defender
8Anthony Doherty Defender
9Odhran Murdock Midfielder
10Ryan McEvoy Forward
11Conor Poland Forward 35'
12Barry O’Hagan Forward 29'
13Conor Francis 17 Forward 29'
14Andrew Gilmore Forward 25'
15Corey Quinn Forward
22Pat Havern 25 Forward 36'
18Caolan Mooney 35'
Conor Doherty 10 Defender
19Cormac O’Rawe
20Gerard Collins 3
21Kevin McKernan
16Rory Burns
25Tiernan Rushe 22 Forward 69'
26Tomas McInearney
17Daniel Guinness 13 46'
  • Full time and Monaghan progress to the Ulster semis with a facile 10 point victory. Down made it interesting with two goals either side of half-time but Banty's troops march on to face either Tyrone or Derry in the last four.

  • 70'

    Second yellow for Tiarnan Rush and Down will finish with 14 men.

  • 70'

    Conor Boyle points for Monaghan as 6 additional minutes are announced.

  • 62'

    Barry O'Hagan with his first of the afternoon to leave Down nine in arrears.

  • 60'

    McManus gets his first from play to extend the gap to double digits. Monaghan moving out of sight now with 10 minutes left.

  • 55'

    McManus scores his third free as both sides ring the changes.

  • 51'

    Kieran Duffy and McCarron extend the gap to seven. Anthony Doherty on for Ryan McEvoy for Down.

  • 47'

    McManus and McCarron add points for Monaghan before Daniel Guinness gets one back for Down. Five in it.

  • 47'

    McManus and McCarron add points for Monaghan before McGuinness gets one back for Down. Five in it.

  • 41'

    Darren Hughes extends Monaghan\'s lead to four as Micheál Brannigan comes off for Shane Carey.

  • 36'

    Pat Havern with Down\'s second goal, straight from the throw in. What a start to the second half.

  • Half-time and all of a sudden we have a different game after a brilliant finish to the half from Down. 0-12 to 1-7 at the break. Game on.

  • 35'

    Big couple of minutes for down. First Conor Poland gets a point and then Caolan Mooney gets a great goal after shimmying through and drilling a low shot past Beggan. Big boost before the break.

  • 31'

    Big blow for Down as Andrew Gilmore has to go off with Ruairi O'Hare coming on for his championship debut.

  • 28'

    McCarron with another beautiful curler to put eight between the teams He has four already.

  • 26'

    Andrew Gilmore gets a much needed point for Down from a free. 0-9 0-2.

  • 23'

    McCaron and Andrew Woods add two more and the hosts are pulling away already.

  • 20'

    Gary Mohan with another point, Monaghan in complete control so far.

  • 18'

    Conor McManus extends the hosts lead to four with a free.

  • 16'

    First point for Down coming from a long range effort from Pat Hayburn before McCaron gets his second for Monaghan.

  • 13'

    First shot in anger from Down but it goes well wide. Playing very lateral at the moment, struggling to break the Monaghan blanket defence.

  • 9'

    Jack McCaron and Ciaran Hughes tag on another two points for Monaghan. Down have yet to settle into this one.

  • 2'

    Rory Beggan opens the scoring for Monaghan from a free.

  • 1'

    Underway at a wet Clones.

  • The teams experienced contrasting fortunes in the league with Monaghan pulled off another great escape to stay in Division One. Down on the other hand have been in chaos, getting relegated to Division Three while manager James McCartan had to be convinced to stay on after a reported breach in a Dublin training camp earlier this month.

  • Hello and welcome to live text commentary of Monaghan v Down in the Ulster SFC. The quarter-final showdown throws in at 4.30. Team news on the way shortly.


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