Round 2B Qualifier: Easy win for Monaghan
All Ireland SFC Qualifier Round 2B
MONAGHAN 3-23 WEXFORD 1-11
Monaghan totally demolished Wexford in a one sided All-Ireland Senior Football Qualifier clash at Innovate Wexford Park.
Wexford finished the game with 12 players with Ciaran Lyng dismissed on a second yellow card in the 62nd minute, while Adrian Flynn was flashed a black card four minutes later with Wexford having used their full complement of substitutes substitutes. John Leacy was subsequently shown a straight red in the last minute.
There was no hangover for Monaghan following their Ulster Championship exit to Down as they dominated this game leaving Wexford reeling with a succession of well taken scores. H
aving gained the ascendancy early in the game the manner in which they executed their moves against a Wexford side who for most parts had ten to twelve players behind the ball, suggests that they were a side hurting, and it was Wexford who bore the full brunt of that anger.
Monaghan led 2-10 to 0-5 at half-time, but the game was over as a contest by the 10th minute particularly when corner-back Fintan Kelly got on the end of a sweeping move to finish to the net leaving them leading, 1-3 to 0-1, with a P J Banville free having opened the scoring after two minutes, the one and only time Wexford led in the game.
With midfielder Kieran Hughes kicking over two magnificent long range points, their second goal arrived from Owen Duffy after 26 minutes with Lyng, Banville and sub Ben Brosnan posting points for the homeside.
Wexford were unable to respond in the second half as the now Monaghan midfield pairing of Kieran Hughes and Neil McAdam was providing the platform for a steady supply of quality ball to the attack. Regardless of how Wexford tried there was never any doubting the eventual winners superiority as they led 2-11 to 0-5 five minutes into the second when Ben Brosnan gave the homeside a lift with a goal following fine approach play from Kevin O’Grady.
While Brosnan and Lyng pointed a free apiece, Monaghan were refusing to concede as they kicked over some excellent points before adding a third goal through Kieran Duffy, who finished a Conor McCarthy pass low to the net extending his side into a 3-18 to 1-8 lead with 10 minutes remaining.
Scorers for Monaghan: K Duffy, O Duffy 1-1 each, F Kelly 1-0, C McCarthy 0-4 (2fs), D Freeman, S Carey, J McCarron (1f) 0-3 each, K Hughes, G Doogan 0-2 each, D Malone, D Ward, C Walshe, C McManus 0-1 each.
Scorers for Wexford: B Brosnan 1-5 (3fs, 145), C Lyng 0-3 (3fs) , P J Banville 0-2 (1f), A Flynn 0-1.
MONAGHAN: R Beggan; F Kelly, D Wylie, R Wylie; C Walshe, D Mone, N McAdam; K Hughes, K O’Connell; S Carey, G Doogan, O Duffy; D Malone, J McCarron, C McManus.
Subs: D Freeman for McManus (B.C. 28), K Duffy for D Wylie (ht), C McCarthy for Carey (47), T Kerr for McCarron (47), D Hughes for K Hughes (50), D Ward for O’Connell (65).
WEXFORD: S Roche; B Malone, J Rossiter, M furlong; E Nolan, J Wadding, T Rossiter; D Waters, N Rossiter; K O’Grady, J Firman, A Flynn; C Lyng, C Carty, P J Banville.
Subs: B Brosnan for E Nolan (B.C. 17), M Dwyer for Carty (ht), J Tubritt for Firman (ht), J Leacy for Wadding (39), C Kehoe T Rossiter (40), P Curtis for Kehoe (47).
REFEREE: C Lane (Cork).