Football League Division One: Dublin edge out Colin McManus-inspired Monaghan

Monaghan's Kieran Duffy and Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly
Diarmuid Connolly's penalty helped Dublin hold off Monaghan at Croke Park

Conor McManus hit 12 points but Monaghan still contrived to end up on the losing side as Dublin snatched a 1-14 to 0-16 Division 1 win.

Monaghan hit five unanswered points in four minutes to move into a 0-7 to 0-2 lead but Dean Rock's six points helped the Dubs lead 0-10 to 0-9 at half-time.

A Diarmuid Connolly penalty extended Dublin's lead to 1-11 to 0-9.

McManus struck seven of the next eight scores to put Monaghan ahead but Dublin hit the final two scores to win.

Cormac Costello's 67th-minute point brought the sides level and substitute Bernard Brogan's injury-time score earned the Dubs a fortunate victory.

Both teams went into the game on a maximum four points and after the sides were level at 0-2 to 0-2, Monaghan struck a quickfire five straight scores with Owen Duffy and the Hughes brothers Darren and Kieran also on target for the Farney men.

However, Dublin outscored Monaghan 0-8 to 0-2 during the remainder of the first half as indiscipline allowed Rock to fire over a series of frees as Paddy Andrews started to win his battle with Colin Walshe.

Monaghan suffered a blow before the break as Kieran Hughes had to be carried off with an apparent leg injury.

The Dubs looked in control early in the second half as Connolly netted his penalty to increase their lead to 1-11 to 0-9 after Paul Flynn had been fouled.

However, instead of pushing on, the Dubs' play began to become increasingly laboured four straight McManus frees cut the margin to a single point with 15 minutes remaining.

Flynn's 58th-minute point doubled Dublin's lead but Monaghan were ahead in the 66th minute helped by three more McManus points - including his fourth effort from play.

But as Monaghan then appeared to make the mistake of looking for the finishing line, Cormac Costello's second point levelled the contest before sub Brogan kicked what proved to be the winning score in the first minute of injury-time.

Fintan Kelly appeared to be working the ball towards an equalising chance for Monaghan a minute later but was off-target with his over-ambitious effort.

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE FIXTURES/RESULTS

Saturday

Division 1

Dublin 1-14 0-16 Monaghan

Division 2

Armagh 1-10 0-12 Fermanagh

Sunday - 14:00 GMT (unless stated)

Division 1

Cork v Roscommon, Pairc Ui Rinn

Donegal v Mayo, Ballybofey

Down v Kerry, Pairc Esler

Division 2

Derry v Galway, Celtic Park

Laois v Tyrone, O'Moore Park

Meath v Cavan, Pairc Tailteann

Division 3

Longford v Kildare, Pearse Park

Offaly v Sligo, Tullamore

Westmeath v Tipperary, Mullingar

Limerick v Clare, Newcastlewest

Division 4

Wexford v London, Wexford Park, 13:00

Antrim v Leitrim, Corrigan Park

Carlow v Waterford, Dr Cullen Park

Louth v Wicklow, Gaelic Grounds

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