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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

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.

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."

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."

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.

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."

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."

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."

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.

Monaghan 1-19 0-12 Fermanagh

Keeper Rory Beggan and Gollogly tag on further Farney points.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Monaghan changes

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

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."

Interval analysis

Brian Canavan

BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

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

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

Monaghan lead by two at the break.

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.

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.

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."

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.

Monaghan 0-04 0-03 Fermanagh

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

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Monaghan 0-03 0-03 Fermanagh

Kieran Hughes restores parity again for Monaghan.

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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.

Monaghan 0-01 0-02 Fermanagh

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

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.

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