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8 October 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan Harps 2-12

Clontibret 1-10

By COLM SHALVEY

MONAGHAN HARPS are through to the Monaghan Senior Football Championship Final for the first time since 1991 after they dethroned Clontibret in this semi-final at Scotstown last Sunday.

Despite conceding an early goal to Conor Boyle, the Harps led for most of this match, with Fearghal McMahon and Michael Galligan hitting the net in either half. Clontibret had Dessie Mone sent off at the end of the first half and they later saw Darach Mooney dismissed, just minutes after Harps forward Dónal Hahessy had suffered the same fate.

The Harps had nine scorers and were on top at midfield for most of the game, with David Hughes, Conor Galligan, Neil McAdam, Stephen Driver and Gary White leading a strong spine. Clontibret were reliant on Conor McManus frees for scores, with full-backs Boyle and Colum Greenan accounting for 1-1 of their 1-3 from play.

This was Clontibret’s first SFC semi-final loss since 2008 and only their third time to miss out on the county final in the last decade.

Monaghan Harps opened the scoring through Kevin Loughran on six minutes, but a fine point from distance by Conor McManus brought Clontibret level and they took the lead when a strong run by Vincent Corey …

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