Football League Division 1: Monaghan 0-15 0-10 Derry

Monaghan's Conor McManus
Conor McManus hit six points for Monaghan at Clones

Monaghan pushed Derry closer to relegation by taking a comfortable win in the Division 1 Football League game.

Fourteen of the home side's points came from play with Conor McManus hitting 0-6 and Dessie Mone 0-4 at Clones.

McManus should have scored a first-half goal as Monaghan only led 0-8 to 0-5 at the break despite dominating.

Monaghan did have a let-off when an Emmett McGuckin goal was ruled out for a square ball in the second half but the Farney men deserved their victory.

McGuckin hit the opening score of the game but with Darren Hughes impressive at midfield, Monaghan took control to move into a 0-8 to 0-3 lead.

McManus and Kieran Hughes were causing major difficulties for the Derry defence and the McManus missed his goal chance when he fisted against the crossbar when a goal appeared certain.

Two Mark Lynch frees left a kick of the ball between the sides at the break and the margin was twice cut to two points after the resumption.

By that stage, Derry were without Eoin Bradley who came on as a substitute late in the first half but was unable to reappear for the second period because of injury.

Points from McManus and Paul Finlay extended Monaghan's lead to four before Derry's last chance of a fightback was ended by the referee's decision to disallow McGuckin's palmed goal.

With Derry deflated by that decision, further McManus and Mone scores helped Monaghan earn the win which moves them on to third place in Division 1 on six points and in strong contention for a semi-final place.

However, relegation now beckons for Derry who may suffer the drop even in the unlikely event of them winning their final two games away to Dublin and at home to leaders Cork.

WEEKEND RESULTS

SATURDAY

Football League Division 1

Mayo 0-10 2-18 Dublin

Division 2

Meath 0-13 0-13 Laois

Hurling League Division 1A

Clare 2-22 2-20 Dublin

Division 1B

Limerick 0-21 1-21 Offaly

Division 2B

Kildare 3-20 1-14 Mayo

Division 3B

Longford 2-16 2-11 Warwickshire

SUNDAY

Football League Division 1

Kerry 2-13 2-11 Donegal

Monaghan 0-15 0-10 Derry

Tyrone 2-10 0-17 Cork

Division 2

Galway 0-10 0-12 Cavan

Kildare 2-12 0-24 Roscommon

Westmeath 0-10 2-17 Down

Division 3

Clare 1-11 3-11 Armagh

Fermanagh 2-19 2-10 Limerick

Louth 3-11 4-16 Tipperary

Sligo 2-10 1-08 Wexford

Division 4

Offaly 0-14 1-10 Carlow

Wicklow 1-10 1-16 Longford

Waterford 0-13 0-15 Antrim

Hurling League Division 1A

Tipperary 2-22 1-13 Kilkenny

Galway 0-20 2-17 Cork

Division 1B

Waterford 4-30 0-10 Antrim

Laois 0-25 5-22 Wexford

Division 2A

Carlow 3-17 1-24 Kerry

Westmeath 1-22 2-10 Wicklow

Division 2B

Down 4-17 2-11 Donegal

Meath 1-15 1-17 Armagh

Division 3A

Tyrone 1-20 2-07 Louth

Monaghan 0-18 2-12 Fingal

Roscommon 0-16 0-06 Fermanagh

Division 3B

Sligo 2-10 1-15 Leitrim

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