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Summary

  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

  1. 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.

  2. Harrison and Burns reflect on Down victory

    Down 1-14 0-15 Monaghan

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    Video caption: Mourne forward Connaire Harrison and manager Eamonn Burns give their thoughts on the semi-final success
  3. Delight for Down duo

    Down 1-14 0-15 Monaghan

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    Video caption: Post-match reaction from Kevin McKernan and Mark Poland
  4. Burns proud of his Mourne team

    Down 1-14 0-15 Monaghan

    Quote Message: 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. from Eamonn Burns Down manager
    Eamonn BurnsDown manager
  5. 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."

  6. 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."

  7. Words from the winners

    Down 1-14 0-15 Monaghan

    Quote Message: 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. from Kevin McKernan Down
    Kevin McKernanDown
  8. Full-time

    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.

  9. Post update

    Down 1-13 0-15 Monaghan

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Drew getting to grips with Jerome

    Down 1-13 0-12 Monaghan

    Down's Jerome Johnston and Drew Wylie of Monaghan
    Image caption: There's no way through for Down's Jerome Johnston as Drew Wylie makes the challenge
  14. Dead-eye Darren

    Down 1-13 0-12 Monaghan

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

  15. 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.

  16. McManus on target again

    Down 1-12 0-10 Monaghan

    Another free from Conor McManus and Monaghan trail by five.

  17. Post update

    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.

  18. DOWN SCORE PENALTY!

    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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.