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Summary

  1. Monaghan pull clear as Fermanagh fade
  2. Farney County led 1-8 to 1-6 at half-time
  3. Ten straight Monaghan points in second half
  4. Monaghan face Cavan next on 11 June
  5. Erne County must regroup for qualifiers

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By John Haughey and Dan Duffy

All times stated are UK

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That's all folks

So that's the Ulster preliminary-round game done and dusted but we're quickly back on text commentary duty tomorrow as Donegal face outsiders Antrim in the opening first-round game at Ballybofey (16:00 BST).

Broadcast coverage tomorrow will be on Radio Ulster 1341 Medium Wave from 15:30, with commentary also online, while there is full deferred TV coverage on BBC TWO NI from 19:00.

But before all that, you can peruse tonight's match report here.

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'Delighted to get through'

Malachy O'Rourke delighted to progress to the next round of the Ulster Championship.

Fermanagh 'couldn't match Monaghan intensity' - McGrath

In the first half we produced a fantastic effort but we did expend an enormous amount of energy. We needed to get a couple of quick scores to get us up and running at the start of the second half but that didn't happen. Monaghan brought an intensity, pace and physicality to the second half which we weren't able to match.

Pete McGrathFermanagh manager
Fermanagh manager Pete McGrath
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Pete McGrath says his Fermanagh team ran out of steam in the second half

Sub Duffy named man of the match

Monaghan's Owen Duffy wins the man-of-the-match honour even though he was only introduced early in the second half. But it's difficult to argue with the choice. He scored three points and helped drive on the Farney men in the second half.

O'Rourke pleased with Monaghan's second half

It took us a long time to get going. We just weren't getting to the pitch of the game in the first half. We were a lot better in the second half although Fermanagh did fall away. Owen Duffy made a big difference when he came on with his energy and running.

Malachy O'RourkeMonaghan manager
Monaghan manager Malachy O'Rourke
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Monaghan boss Malachy O'Rourke says his time took a long time to get going at Clones

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Full Time: Monaghan 1-20 Fermanagh 1-11
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Full Time: Monaghan 1-20 Fermanagh 1-11

Full-time: Monaghan 1-20 1-11 Fermanagh

All over here. In truth, it's been over for nearly half an hour. Monaghan set up an another derby against Cavan in the quarter-finals at Breffni Park on 11 June.

Monaghan 1-20 1-11 Fermanagh

Breen hits over another towering Fermanagh point from 45 metres but it's too little, too late. We're deep into injury-time now.

Monaghan 1-20 1-10 Fermanagh

Eddie Courtney hits Fermanagh's first point in nearly 30 minutes but it's greeted with silence at St Tiernach's Park. Aidan Breen quickly tags on another Erne point but the home fans are cheering loudly seconds later as sub Dessie Mone responds from distance.

Monaghan 1-19 1-8 Fermanagh

Conor McCarthy is totally unmarked inside but Gavin Doogan is content to stroke over another point. That's 10 unanswered scores for Monaghan. Eight minutes left.

Pete McGrath looks resigned to Fermanagh's defeat during the second half at Clones
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Pete McGrath's Fermanagh side have faded in the second half after their battling first-period efforts

Monaghan 1-18 1-8 Fermanagh

Monaghan's subs have certainly made a big impact today as replacement Malone strokes over another point from play. Corner-back Fintan Kelly and Conor McCarthy quick tag on two more Farney points. Monaghan 10 ahead with 10 minutes left.

Monaghan 1-15 1-8 Fermanagh

Superb McAnespie block denies Quigley

Sean Quigley looks to have a goal chance for Fermanagh but superb Monaghan replacement Ryan McAnespie makes a textbook diving block. Great defensive work there.

Ryan McAnespie (left) battles with Fermanagh's Paul McCusker
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Ryan McAnespie (left) has been impressive since replacing the black carded Kieran Hughes

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Monaghan 1-15 1-8 Fermanagh

Monaghan are starting to pull away here after super sub Duffy (twice) and McManus swing over three more gorgeous points from play. Twenty minutes left and Monaghan are seven ahead. Have Fermanagh anything left in the tank?

Substitutions

Ryan Jones and Dermot Malone introduced

Ryan Jones wasn't fit enough to start for Fermanagh before of a long-standing back injury but Pete McGrath has now felt compelled to introduce the midfielder. Dermot Malone replaces Dessie Ward in the Monaghan side.

Monaghan 1-12 1-8 Fermanagh

Jack McCarron strokes over another Monaghan point from play. Fermanagh need to produce a response quickly or this game is going to drift out of reach. Twenty three minutes left.

Monaghan 1-11 1-8 Fermanagh

A Sean Quigley point cuts Monaghan's lead to the minimum but the home side respond with fine scores from recently-introduced Owen Duffy and McManus. Monaghan now three ahead again. Eight minutes into the second half as the rain is falling steadily at St Tiernach's Park.

Great save

Conor McCarthy has a glorious goal chance after breaking clear of the Fermanagh defence but keeper Treacy atones for his first-half blunder by making a superb pointblank save.

Drew Wylie bossing Sean Quigley - Bradley

Paddy Bradley

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Drew Wylie is totally winning his battle with Sean Quigley. He has hardly given him a sniff.

Monaghan 1-9 1-7 Fermanagh

Neil McAdam, possibly lucky to avoid a black card in the first half for a high challenge, extends Monaghan's lead with a fine score from distance. However, Tomas Corrigan replies within a minute. Monaghan remain two ahead.

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Kevin Daly: Monaghan really missing both Hughes, lacking men in midfield. More early balls into Quigley, hopefully will open Monaghan up.

Jo: Fermanagh by one.

Emma: Kieran Hughes totally deserved the black card.

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Back underway at Clones

Monaghan 1-8 1-6 Fermanagh

The action resumes at St Tiernach's Park.

Lyons hits Fermanagh's first-half goal

Fermanagh goalscorer Ryan Lyons is tackled by Monaghan defender Ryan Wylie
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Ryan Lyons stroked in Fermanagh's first-half goal after a brilliant run by Paul McCusker

McManus punishes poor Fermanagh kickout

Conor McManus celebrates his Monaghan goal after Thomas Treacy's errant kickout
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Conor McManus celebrates his Monaghan goal after Thomas Treacy's errant kickout

Hughes 'will be kicking himself'

Oisin McConville

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I don't know what Kieran Hughes was doing when he got the black card. His retaliation was silly. He let his team-mates down badly.

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Half Time
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Half Time: Monaghan 1-08 Fermanagh 1-06

McManus and McCluskey tangle

Just before the break, following a tangle of bodies, replays suggest Conor McManus may have stepped on Ryan McCluskey but it looks accidental. That is referee Derek O'Mahony's view as well as he takes no action apart from awarding a Fermanagh free for McManus' initial challenge. In fairness, McCluskey looked to be holding on to McManus to prevent the Monaghan man's escape and Martin McHugh says the Fermanagh player could have been black carded by the letter of the law.

Half-time: Monaghan 1-8 1-6 Fermanagh

Jack McCarron kicks Monaghan ahead again from a free after a silly concession by the Fermanagh defence and Conor McManus strokes over another free deep in injury-time. Monaghan fortunate to be ahead at the break.

Monaghan 1-6 1-6 Fermanagh

After some poor shooting by the Monaghan attackers, Karl O'Connell shows them how it's done by firing over a fine left-foot shot. Conor McCarthy then strokes over a delicious Monaghan point with the outside of his left boot. But Fermanagh are quickly level again as Corrigan hits his first point from play. Nearing half-time now.

Monaghan 1-4 1-5 Fermanagh

Fermanagh ahead again

Lee Cullen strokes over a Fermanagh point to put them ahead on 25 minutes. This game certainly isn't going to the script so far. Ryan McCluskey has been brilliant for the Ernemen.

Fermanagh the better team so far - Bradley

Paddy Bradley

BBC pundit

Bar the Monaghan goal, Fermanagh have been largely on top. Jack McCarron is also cutting a very frustrated figure in the Monaghan attack.

Monaghan 1-4 1-4 Fermanagh

Lyons nets for Fermanagh

Did we question Fermanagh's resolve? How silly. Ryan Lyons nets to level the contest from close range on 21 minutes after a brilliant run and pass from Paul McCusker.

Monaghan 1-4 0-4 Fermanagh

A moment of defensive sloppiness then gifts possession to Corrigan and Ryan McAnespie is forced to concede a 13-metre free. McAnespie maybe lucky to avoid a black card. Corrigan points free.

GOAL: Monaghan 1-4 0-3 Fermanagh

But after their impressive start, Fermanagh concede a dreadful goal on 15 minutes as Thomas Treacy's short kickout goes astray to present Conor McManus with a simple finish. Shane Carey quickly tags on another Monaghan point. A test of Fermanagh's resolve now.

Conor McManus scores the opening goal of the game
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Conor McManus scores the first goal of the game.

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Monaghan 0-3 0-3 Fermanagh

Corrigan kicks Fermanagh ahead

Tomas Corrigan points a routine free to put Fermanagh ahead for the second time but Monaghan half-back Walshe strolls upfield to loft over another lovely point. The sides are level again.

Bradley impressed with Fermanagh's start

Paddy Bradley

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Fermanagh have started the game very well. They are doing what they need to do.

Monaghan 0-02 0-02 Fermanagh

Kieran Hughes black carded for Monaghan

Sean Quigley levels from a superb 50-metre free and Monaghan then suffer a big blow as influential midfielder Kieran Hughes is black carded for taking out Ryan Lyons off the ball. Ryan McAnespie is Hughes' replacement.

Monaghan 0-02 0-01 Fermanagh

Tomas Corrigan kicks Fermanagh ahead from a second-minute free but Kieran Hughes replies almost immediately from play before Colin Walshe strides upfield to stroke over a lovely point for the Farney men.