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  1. Down 1-14 Monaghan 0-15 (RES)
  2. Winners face Tyrone in final on 16 July
  3. Down were beaten in the 2012 final by Donegal
  4. Monaghan beat Donegal in the 2015 final

Live Reporting

By Alvin McCaig and Ruairi Cunningham

All times stated are UK

Final whistle

Down 1-14 0-15 Monaghan

Time to catch our breath after a sensational Ulster SFC semi-final in Armagh. It seems those mental scars from the 19-point thrashing by Monaghan last year did indeed inspire Down to produce one of their finest performances since the glory days of the 1990s. Their reward is a 16 July decider against Tyrone, where they will again start as underdogs.

We hope you enjoyed the dramatic journey through what was a memorable night in Ulster football and please join us again for the provincial final at Clones.

Harrison and Burns reflect on Down victory

Down 1-14 0-15 Monaghan

Mourne forward Connaire Harrison and manager Eamonn Burns give their thoughts on the semi-final success

Delight for Down duo

Down 1-14 0-15 Monaghan

Post-match reaction from Kevin McKernan and Mark Poland

Burns proud of his Mourne team

Down 1-14 0-15 Monaghan

I'm so proud of the players - they did everything we asked them to do. We started brightly but at the end we dug in. We were patient and fought hard. We'll have a good night tonight and think about the final against Tyrone tomorrow.

Eamonn BurnsDown manager

Down deserved victors - Clarke

Down 1-14 0-15 Monaghan

Martin Clarke

BBC Sport NI pundit

"It unbelievable - just fantastic. They showed in their celebrations what this result means. I thought they had a sniff today and they deserved to win."

McConville praises Mourne boss Burns

Down 1-14 0-15 Monaghan

Oisin McConville

BBC Sport NI pundit

"Down were impeccably well organised - every man knew what they had to do. Their manager Eamonn Burns deserves praise for what they have dome today. They were in the dooldrums four weeks ago and this is a mammoth result for Down football."

Words from the winners

Down 1-14 0-15 Monaghan

Not many people were expecting that but we were quietly confident. We executed our game plan and came out on the right side. We showed people what a bit of belief and honesty can achieve. Everybody was talking about Tyrone v Monaghan final and we used that as our motivation.

Kevin McKernanDown


Down 1-14 0-15 Monaghan

They've done it! Down have produced one of the biggest Ulster SFC upsets. Donal O'Hare fizzed over an insurance point before the final whistle sparked celebrations.

Down 1-13 0-15 Monaghan

Jack McCarron sends his free wide deep into added time - was that Monaghan's last chance?

Paddy makes big decision

Down 1-13 0-15 Monaghan

Conor Maginn kicks the ball into the Monaghan net but referee Paddy Neilan rules it out for a foul on keeper Rory Beggan. A controversial decision.

Squeaky-bum time

Down 1-13 0-15 Monaghan

From a tight angle Kieran Hughes manages to score a point and Down's lead has been slashed to a single point. Three minutes left and a dramatic finale lies ahead.

Just two in it

Down 1-13 0-14 Monaghan

Six minutes left at the Athletic Grounds and Monaghan are now just two behind - Jack McCarron's free is followed by a Conor McManus point.

Drew getting to grips with Jerome

Down 1-13 0-12 Monaghan

Down's Jerome Johnston and Drew Wylie of Monaghan
There's no way through for Down's Jerome Johnston as Drew Wylie makes the challenge

Dead-eye Darren

Down 1-13 0-12 Monaghan

Darren Hughes pops it over and from seven down Monaghan are now just four back.

Connaire makes exit

Down 1-13 0-11 Monaghan

Darragh O'Hanlon hits back for Down with a free before Conor McManus adds to his tally. A big blow for the Mourne side as the impressive Connaire Harrison hobbles off.

McManus on target again

Down 1-12 0-10 Monaghan

Another free from Conor McManus and Monaghan trail by five.

Down 1-12 0-9 Monaghan

Conor McManus slips over a free for Monaghan, who face a real battle now to make it a fourth Ulster final in five years.


Down 1-12 0-8 Monaghan

The upset is definitely on now - Darragh O'Hanlon blasts home a penalty on 41 minutes after a foul on Niall Donnelly. It followed a sublime Kevin McKernan point and suddenly Down are seven points clear.

Michael makes it look easy

Down 0-11 0-8 Monaghan

Mourne keeper Michael Cunningham drills over a 45 for the first score of the second half.

Ref switch

Down 0-10 0-8 Monaghan

We have a change of referee - David Coldrick's game is over because of a knee injury and he hands the whistle to Roscommon's Paddy Neilan.

Harrison hunting down Monaghan

Down 0-10 0-8 Monaghan

Drew Wylie has struggled to contain Down forward Connaire Harrison, who scored three points from play in the first half
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Drew Wylie has struggled to contain Down forward Connaire Harrison, who scored three points from play in the first half

Down 0-10 0-8 Monaghan

Harrison the star

Down 0-10 0-8 Monaghan

Martin Clarke

BBC Sport NI pundit

"Down have been the better team, they have been hungrier. Connaire Harrison has been a star at full-forward, he is such a strong man. He has been the best player on the field. I'm not sure he'll play the 70 minutes but there is a goal in him if the right ball comes in."

Monaghan struggling

Down 0-10 0-8 Monaghan

Martin McHugh

BBC Sport NI pundit

"Monaghan are not up for it - they are only at 60%. But you have to give credit to Down who will be very happy at half-time."


Down 0-10 0-8 Monaghan

Farney cut gap

Down 0-10 0-8 Monaghan

Farney captain Conor McManus leading by example with a superb point.

Down 0-10 0-7 Monaghan

Jack McCarron converts a simple free for Monaghan.

Four points in it!

Down 0-10 0-6 Monaghan

Kevin McKernan fires over a fine long-range point to extend Down's lead to four. Owen Duffy fists over at the other end only for Conor Maginn to respond with a Mourne point.

A shock on the cards?

Down 0-8 0-5 Monaghan

Darragh O'Hanlon slips over another three and Down enjoy a three-point advantage. This from a team which suffered a 19-point humiliation at the hands of Monaghan last year!

Down go in front

Down 0-7 0-5 Monaghan

Darragh O'Hanlon makes it a hat-trick of frees to level for Down. Conor McCarthy edges Monaghan in front before scores from Connaire Harrison (2) and Shay Millar turn the game on it's head. Down lead by two.

Down stay in touch

Down 0-3 0-4 Monaghan

Darragh O'Hanlon slots over his second free and the gap is just a point.

Conor clicking in Armagh

Down 0-2 0-4 Monaghan

Jack McCarron's stylish score puts two points between the teams. Darragh O'Hanlon floats over a free for Down but it's soon back to a two-point game as Conor McManus splits the posts.

Farney finally off the mark

Down 0-1 0-2 Monaghan

After four wides Monaghan register the first score courtesy of Ryan Wylie. Connaire Harrison quickly levels for Down but Darren Hughes splits the posts to restore the Farney lead.

Monaghan missing out

Down 0-0 0-0 Monaghan

Monaghan missed two early frees before firing another two efforts wide. Still scoreless in Armagh

Oisin backing Monaghan

Oisin McConville

BBC Sport NI pundit

"Down have to get a lot of bodies behind the ball and make it very difficult for Monaghan. But I think it could be something similar to last year."

Double change

Down v Monaghan

Both teams make two late changes - Down pair Niall McParland and Peter Turley come in for Anthony Doherty and Joe Murphy while Darren Hughes and Conor McCarthy replace Gavin Doogan and Dermot Malone in the Farney side.

Down team
BBC Sport
Down team
Monaghan team
BBC Sport
Monaghan team

Champions Tyrone await the winners

Ulster Football Championship final, Clones, 16 July

Mickey Harte's Tyrone side beat Donegal to reach the Ulster final
Mickey Harte's Tyrone side beat Donegal to reach the Ulster final

Down in history

2016 quarter-final

Down's 19-point defeat by Monaghan last year was the second heaviest ever in the Championship.

Monaghan hammered Down 0-22 to 0-9 at Clones
Monaghan hammered Down 0-22 to 0-9 at Clones in June 2016

Man in the middle!

Down v Monaghan

Referee David Coldrick
Referee David Coldrick will take charge of the Athletic Grounds semi-final

Farney men touch down in Armagh

Down v Monaghan