26 June 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan 1-20

Fermanagh 0-13

MONAGHAN are safely through to their third Ulster Final in a row but it wasn’t until the latter stages of this exhilarating and at times frustrating contest that they put real daylight between themselves and a tenacious Fermanagh who pushed them to the limit repeatedly during the match at KIngspan Breffni Park last Sunday.

Fermanagh were reduced to fourteen players in the 22nd minute of the second half when Ryan McCluskey was red carded for a follow through challenge on Owen Duffy when he was on the ground after being fouled by the Erne men’s centre back and that proved the real game changer.

That sending off opened the game up and Monaghan exploited their new found freedom to hit 1-5 without reply to seal what was in the end a comfortable victory. That said though Fermanagh more than matched Monaghan in many aspects of play for some three quarters of this intriguing contest, setting up defensively to make life difficult for the pre-match favourites and then repeatedly hitting them on counter attacks to not only keep in touch with Monaghan but to actually lead on three occasions in the first half.

Ryan McCluskey and Marty O’Brien were the players detailed to double team on Conor McManus and they did this very effectively, although McManus was again the victim of a few poor refereeing decisions that robbed him of what looked like definite free kicks. Later McManus dropped deep in an effort to spread Monaghan’s game in the second-half and that began to work to good effect as Monaghan started to edge that little bit further in front.

Up until those latter stages though Fermanagh had dominated …


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