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.