NFL: Monaghan get off the mark
Allianz National Football League Division One
Monaghan 1-12 Tyrone 0-11 2/2/20
Monaghan got off the mark in the NFL with a four-point win over Tyrone in Castleblayney on Sunday. Conor McCarthy led nine Monaghan scorers with four points from play as they bounced back from a one-point defeat in Galway to claim a deserved win. Monaghan never trailed in this Ulster derby and although Tyrone remained in touch at 0-7 to 0-6 at half-time, the hosts pulled away when Karl O’Connell netted the only goal in the 45th minute.
Monaghan face All-Ireland champions Dublin at Croke Park this Saturday.
Monaghan: R Beggan; C Boyle (0-1), K Duffy, K O’Connell (1-0); R McAnespie, R Wylie (Capt.), D Ward (0-1); D Hughes, N Kearns (0-1); D Malone, C McCarthy (0-4), M Bannigan; C McManus (0-2, 1f, 1m), K Hughes (0-1), J McCarron (0-1f).
Subs: A Mulligan (0-1) for McCarron (inj., 48 mins), C McGuinness for Bannigan (56), S Carey for McManus (69), D Wylie for McCarthy (70 + 3), P Keenan for O’Connell (70 + 4).
Temporary subs: D Wylie for D Hughes (2-4 & 13-15).
Tyrone: N Morgan (0-1, ’45); R McNamee, HP McGeary, L Rafferty; C Meyler, R Brennan, K McGeary (0-1); C Cavanagh, K Coney (0-1); P Harte, N Sludden (0-1), D McCurry (0-3f); M Bradley, F Burns (0-2), R O’Neill.
Subs: C Kilpatrick for O’Neill (H-T), T McCann for Harte, D Mulgrew (0-1) for Cavanagh (both 53), M Cassidy for Coney (59), B McDonnell for Burns (66).
Temporary sub: N Kelly (0-1) for McNamee (41-FT).
Referee: D Gough (Meath).