Burns Boozy Cruise See Off Monaghan

The Burns Boozy Cruise See Off Monaghan and make the Ulster Final to Face Tyrone.

Down 1-14

Monaghan 0-15

Athletics Ground, Armagh

In Attendance 13,396

Monaghan stormed into the game and had 3 or 4 scoring chances that they could not convert and went in at half time down by 2 points  by 0-10 to 0-8 at half time, the key shooters for Monaghan were wasteful for frees including the likes of McManus and McCarron.

Ryan Johnston of Down against Monaghan in Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final, 

A great performance from Connaire Harrison gave the Monaghan defence a headache as he battled inside,the boot of O’Hanlon proved key as he converted frees and a nice score from Conor Maginn helped the Mourne Men but Monaghan got the game into a two point game as  McCarron and McManus were on target.

McKernan showed great experience and scored a fantastic long range point.

At half time replacement referee Paddy Neilan was called into action as starting referee David Coldrick picked up an injury.

Paddy Neilan awarded Down a penalty in the 41st minute as Colin Walshe fouled Niall Donnelly, the penalty was blasted home by O’Hanlon past Beggan to give Down a 1-12 to 0-8 lead.

Frees from McManus and a nice score from Darren Hughes with his  second point got the scoreline back to 1-13 to 0-12 behind with 17 minutes remaining.

McCarron, McManus and Kieran Hughes all scored as Monaghan moved within a point but the replacement referee gave Monaghan some soft free, one against Joe Turley that shocked the RTE panel as he competed for the ball from a kickout and what seemed like good defence play wit h two men tackling a Monaghan player who look like he had run into traffic.

It the late moments of the game Maginn had a goal disallowed for a foul on Rory Beggan which looked like Beggan touched the ball on the ground

A late free was also missed by McCarron as Down got a insurance point from Donal O’Hare that gave Down a huge upset.

Eamonn Burns said he couldn’t of asked for more then what the mourne men gave “They played the way we asked them to play. They did what we asked them to do with an extra 10 or 20 per cent,” the delighted Down manager told the BBC.

“We started brightly. We had ourselves in the game at half-time, but a tremendous first 10 minutes in the second half (set us up for the win). We knew Monaghan were going to come back at us and we really dug in, got the barrier set up. We were patient, we tackled hard and didn’t give away frees…”

He added: “As I said to the players all week, tonight’s an opportunity to get to the Ulster final and we didn’t turn it down. We took the opportunity and we’re now in the Ulster final.”

Down – M Cunningham (0-1’45); N McParland, G McGovern, D O’Hagan; D O’Hanlon (1-5, 1-0pen, 0-5f), C McGovern, C Mooney; K McKernan (0-2), N Donnelly; P Turley, C Maginn (0-1), S Millar (0-1); J Johnston, C Harrison (0-3), R Johnston. Subs: D O’Hare for C Harrison, J Murphy for C McGovern, D McKibbin for C Mooney, A Carr for P Turley, M Poland for R Johnston.

Monaghan – R Beggan; F Kelly, D Wylie, R Wylie (0-1); C Walshe, V Corey, N McAdam; K Hughes (0-1), D Hughes (0-1); K O’Connell, K Duffy, O Duffy (0-1); C McCarthy (0-1), J McCarron (0-3, 2f), C McManus (0-6, 3f). Subs: R McAnespie for N McAdam, D Mone for K Duffy, D Ward for O Duffy, D Malone for C McCarthy, C Forde for R Beggan.

Referee – D Coldrick, P Neilan.