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Summary

  1. Full-time: Monaghan 1-20 Fermanagh 0-13
  2. One player from both sides sent-off in second half
  3. Monaghan will play Donegal or Derry in Ulster final
  4. Cavan beat Antrim 1-19 to 1-11 in minor semi-final

Live Reporting

By John Haughey

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all folks

    So Monaghan pulled clear to claim a dominant victory after Fermanagh had put it up to the Farney men until Ryan McCluskey's 58th-minute dismissal.

    It was not an overly impressive Monaghan performance but that it not a bad position to be in heading into an Ulster final.

    If Donegal come through next Saturday's second semi-final against Derry, they will surely go in as favourites against Monaghan but the Farney men surprised the then All-Ireland champions in the 2013 provincial final.

    In the meantime, we'll be back on board in the text commentary universe at Clones next weekend. See you then.

  2. Post update

    Seamus McEnaney

    BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

    "Donegal and Monaghan are the best two teams in Ulster by some distance. And Donegal are some way ahead of Monaghan.

    " I don't see the All-Ireland title going outside Dublin or Kerry but Donegal are the one team that could trouble those two teams."

  3. Manager O'Rourke on Monaghan's victory

    Monaghan manager Malachy O'Rourke:

    "We are delighted to be through to another Ulster final, even though the performance could have been better. We made it difficult for ourselves at times.

    "It was important to put some daylight between ourselves and Fermanagh at the start of the second half.

    "We tried to kill the game off but we only managed to pull away in the last 10 minutes."

  4. Post update

    Fermanagh will be in the hat for the All-Ireland Second-Round qualifiers draw on Monday morning. Monaghan can now look forward to the Ulster Final on 19 July against either Donegal or Derry.

  5. Post update

    Seamus McEnaney

    BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

    "That was not a great performance from Monaghan. They didn't play well. It was an average display and we would have struggled to pick a man of the match today."

  6. Post update

    Marty McGrath

    BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

    "We need to win an Ulster title. We're not going to win an All-Ireland from the back door. It's very disappointing.

    "We were in the game for 50 minutes but we missed two chances which would have got the margin back to two points.

    "Ryan McCluskey's red card was then the final blow for us."

  7. Post update

  8. Post update

    Brian Canavan

    BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

    "The scoreline shows a huge difference between the sides. Fermanagh will be disappointed as they put in a huge effort but Monaghan just had too much for them in the end."

  9. Full-time: Monaghan 1-20 0-13 Fermanagh

    Owen Duffy slots another Monaghan point and while Fermanagh have the final scoring say, the Farney men secure another Ulster final appearance. Fermanagh collapsed in the closing stages after Ryan McCluskey's straight red card.

  10. Monaghan 1-19 0-12 Fermanagh

    Keeper Rory Beggan and Gollogly tag on further Farney points.

  11. Penalty

    Monaghan sub Stephen Gollogly is hauled down for a penalty but the same player's shot is well saved by Thomas Treacy. It's all academic at this stage granted. Fermanagh have imploded.

  12. Red card

    Monaghan are down to 14 men with only four minutes left after Darren Hughes picks up a second yellow card. Farney sub Dick Clerkin may have been lucky not to join Hughes in the Farney dugout after a heavy challenge moments earlier.

  13. Post update

    Brian Canavan

    BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

    "Monaghan have been so dominant in midfield in the second half. Since the sending-off of Ryan McCluskey everything has gone downhill for Fermanagh."

  14. Monaghan 1-17 0-12 Fermanagh

    Game over as McManus swings over a glorious point from a tight angle and Fermanagh then totally implode after a botched kick-out gifts a goal to the former Monaghan All-Star.

  15. Bad misses

    After slotting a glorious long-range free minutes earlier, Quigley has just missed a couple of glorious placed-ball chances. Not looking good for Fermanagh.

  16. Monaghan 0-16 0-12 Fermanagh

    McManus points the resultant free after McCluskey's dismissal and while Tomas Corrigan quickly replies at the other end, another Kieran Duffy free extends Monaghan's lead to four.

  17. Red card

    Big moment surely as Ryan McCluskey receives a straight red card after being adjudged to have put the knee in on a prostrate Kieran Duffy. Looked highly debatable from here.

  18. Monaghan 0-14 0-11 Fermanagh

    Declan McCusker then swings over a glorious point with the outside of his right boot to cut Monaghan's lead to three. Darren Hughes is screaming at the Monaghan bench as the Farney men start to look a little rattled.

  19. Monaghan 0-14 0-10 Fermanagh

    McManus's fourth point of the day increases Monaghan's lead to six but Declan McCusker and Sean Quigley respond, with the latter drilling over a magnificent 50-metre free. Fermanagh have a glimmer again.

  20. Post update

    Marty McGrath

    BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

    "The intensity of the game has lifted and it's a much more open game. It seems like it is getting away from Fermanagh and Monaghan are punishing them for their mistakes. Fermanagh have to weather the storm."

  21. Monaghan 0-13 0-08 Fermanagh

    Monaghan are looking in control after Karl O'Donnell's points following a mistake by Richard O'Callaghan and McGuinness slots another Farney score. Fermanagh seem to be running out of steam.

  22. Monaghan 0-11 0-08 Fermanagh

    Quigley points a vital response for Monaghan. Only a kick of the ball between the sides again although Fermanagh, it must be said, haven't threatened to score a goal so far today.

  23. Monaghan 0-11 0-07 Fermanagh

    Monaghan are threatening to take a stranglehold on this game as another McManus free is followed by a Dessie Mone point. Four ahead now. Fermanagh need a quick response.

  24. Monaghan 0-09 0-07 Fermanagh

    Eoin Donnelly's score leaves the minimum between the teams again but Kieran Hughes doubles the Monaghan advantage again after Richard O'Callaghan gives the ball away.

  25. Monaghan 0-08 0-06 Fermanagh

    Duffy makes an immediate impact as he edges Monaghan three clear but Sean Quigley replies for the Ernemen within a minute.

  26. Monaghan changes

    Owen Duffy and Christopher McGuinness replace Shane Carey and Dermot Malone for Monaghan at half-time.

  27. Half-time analysis

    BBC Sport NI's Orla Bannon:

    "Fermanagh their own worst enemies, giving the ball away far too cheaply as they approach the Monaghan '45' line.

    "A really tactical battle with Monaghan rotating players all over the field, but nothing memorable happening so far."

  28. Interval analysis

    Brian Canavan

    BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

    "That was a lacklustre performance by Monaghan in the first half."

  29. Half-time: Monaghan 0-07 0-05 Fermanagh

    Monaghan lead by two at the break.

  30. Monaghan 0-07 0-05 Fermanagh

    Karl O'Connell's charge upfield earns a free on the 21 which McManus slots to put Monaghan ahead and Darren Hughes then jinks his way through the Fermanagh defence before chipping over a gorgeous finish from a tight angle. Monaghan suddenly two up.

  31. Monaghan 0-05 0-05 Fermanagh

    Kieran Hughes levels for Monaghan after a silly foul on Conor McManus. Monaghan can count themselves fortunate to be on terms at this stage. Just as was the case against Cavan, the Farney men have made a sluggish start.

  32. Case for the defences

    Seamus McEnaney

    BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

    "Both defences are well on top. The game is ideally set up for Paul Finlay to come in and make an impression. I'd like to see him introduced at half-time."

  33. Monaghan 0-04 0-05 Fermanagh

    But Monaghan's lead is short-lived as another Quigley free is followed by Ryan Jones's superb second point from distance.

  34. Monaghan 0-04 0-03 Fermanagh

    Neil McAdam slots from play to put the Farney men ahead.

  35. Match attendance

    Is....16,572 punters.

  36. Monaghan 0-03 0-03 Fermanagh

    Kieran Hughes restores parity again for Monaghan.

  37. Get Involved

    This is a Deliaesque plea?

    Let's be having your views on the game using #bbcgaa on our twitter account @bbcchampionship

  38. Monaghan 0-02 0-03 Fermanagh

    Barry Mulrone's clumsy challenge on Kieran Hughes sets up a levelling free for Conor McManus but Ryan Jones immediately restores Fermanagh's lead with another fine score from long range.

  39. Monaghan 0-01 0-02 Fermanagh

    Thomas Corrigan hammers over a fine point from distance to put Fermanagh ahead.

  40. Monaghan 0-01 0-01 Fermanagh

    After an frenetic and error-ridden opening six minutes, late inclusion Kieran Duffy kicks the opening point for Monaghan but Sean Quigley immediately levels from a Fermanagh free.

  41. Post update

    Ciaran Flaherty and Paul McCusker fire a couple of poor early Fermanagh wides.

  42. Weather report

    It's a little overcast but thankfully dry and humid at the moment. Monaghan will have the aid of a slight breeze in the first half. Pre-game there is a minute's silence for the young Irish students who tragically lost their lives in the US on Tuesday.

  43. Fermanagh not fancied

    Marty McGrath

    BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

    "We don't fear Monaghan in Fermanagh. Monaghan are tipped to win easily but if we are still in touch with 10 or 15 minutes to go, maybe we can pull through in the end."

  44. Post update

    Monaghan team to play Fermanagh
    Image caption: Monaghan team to play Fermanagh

    The Monaghan team is the one we gave you earlier....well as far as we know anyhow.

  45. Fermanagh team

    Fermanagh team to play Monaghan
    Image caption: Fermanagh team to play Monaghan

    Fancy that. There is a further tweak to the Fermanagh team with Tiernan Daly and NOT CONOR MCCAULEY now replacing Ruairi Corrigan at corner-forward.

  46. Monaghan changes

    Seamus McEnaney

    BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

    "The inclusion of Eoin Lennon is a risk for Monaghan, although it is a gamble worth taking. He is a key individual in the dressing room and wouldn't play if he didn't feel he was 100%."

  47. Team news

    Monaghan: R Beggan; C Walshe, F Kelly, R Wylie; D Mone, V Corey, K O'Connell; N McAdam, D Hughes; K Duffy, K Hughes, S Carey; O Lennon, D Malone, C McManus

    Fermanagh: T Treacy; M Jones, N Cassidy, M O'Brien; D McCusker, R McCluskey, B Mulrone; R Jones, R O'Callaghan; E Donnelly, C Flaherty, P McCusker; T Corrigan, Sean Quigley, C McCauley.

    Both teams make two late changes to the line-ups announced a couple of days ago.

    Kieran Duffy and Owen Lennon replace Ryan McAnespie and Paul Finlay in the Monaghan attack.

    Peter McGrath's changes see Eoin Donnelly replacing Darren McQuade in the Fermanagh attack with Conor McCauley in for corner-forward Ruairi Corrigan who has failed a late fitness test. Thomas Treacy is preferred in goal to Chris Snow while Ryan McCluskey will start at centre half-back.

    2013 All-Star Colin Walshe takes over from injured Drew Wylie in the Monaghan full-back line.

  48. Monaghan to win - McEnaney

    Seamus McEnaney

    BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

    "I don't see Fermanagh causing an upset here. I think Monaghan will win by four points plus."

  49. Starting soon

    Breffni Park hosts the first Ulster Senior Football semi-final as Monaghan take on Fermanagh.

    2013 Ulster winners Monaghan will go in as solid favourites against a Fermanagh side that had to battle to beat 14-man Antrim in the last round.

    Fermanagh are the only Ulster county never to have landed the provincial football title although manager Peter McGrath has vowed that he will not let anyone put a ceiling on his team's ambitions this year.

    It's an intriguing game. Fermanagh secured a deserved promotion from Division 3 of the Football this year and look to have some talented young performers in their squad in addition to experienced men like Ryan McCluskey and Sean Quigley.

    But will the gulf from Division 3 to Division 1 prove too wide this afternoon?