Derry 2-12 Monaghan 1-13
Monaghan exited the Dr. McKenna Cup with a semi-final defeat against Derry in Armagh on Sunday. Derry led by 0-6 to 0-4 at half-time, before a brighter second half saw both teams improve their attacking play. A goal by substitute Conor McCarthy put Monaghan ahead on 51 minutes, but Derry found the net twice in the final quarter through Emmet McGuckin and James Kielt to claim a two-point win and a crack at Tyrone next Saturday. Next up for Monaghan is the start of their Allianz National Football League Division One campaign away to Mayo on Saturday week, February 4.
Derry: B McKinless; R Murphy, C Nevin, C McWilliams; N Keenan, O Duffin, N Forester (0-1); A McLaughlin (0-1), J Kielt (1-3, 0-3f); M Craig, E Lynn (0-1), N Loughlin (0-3, 2f); B Heron, R Bell (0-1), E McGuckin (1-0).
Subs: C McAtamney for McLaughlin, M Warnock for McWilliams (both inj., 17), M Lynch (0-1f) for McAtamney (black card, 35), B Grant (0-1) for Heron (black card, 35 + 2), C McGrogan for Craig (43), G O’Neill for Bell (65).
Monaghan: C Forde; D Wylie (0-1), N McAdam, R Wylie; F Kelly (0-2), C Walshe, D Mone; K Hughes (0-1), N Kearns; K O’Connell, B McGinn (0-2, 1f), O Duffy (Capt., 0-2); R McAnespie, D Malone, C McManus (0-4, 3f).
Subs: K Duffy for Mone (inj., 10), M Murnaghan for McAdam, D Hughes for Kearns, C McCarthy (1-1) for Malone (all H-T), S Carey for McAnespie (51), T Kerr for McManus (67).
Referee: C Branagan (Down).