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Conor McManus netted a penalty for Monaghan against Waterford at Fraher Field.
Conor McManus netted a penalty for Monaghan against Waterford at Fraher Field.

All Ireland SFC Qualifier: Monaghan cruise to victory

All Ireland SFC Round 2 Qualifier


By Tomás McCarthy at Fraher Field, Dungarvan

Monaghan marched on to Round 3 of the All Ireland qualifiers with minimum fuss as they emerged 27 point winners against Waterford.

Fifteen players were on target for the boys in blue. Conor McManus, Karl O'Connell, Fintan Kelly, Dessie Mone and Shane Carey all raised green flags.

In front of 3,024 spectators, the strongly supported visitors reached the dressing rooms 3-11 to 0-4 ahead. Monaghan scored 2-2 in the last four minutes.

They had six points on the board before Kieran Power opened Waterford's account on the quarter hour. Gavin Crotty sent over a second.

On 20 minutes, Derek O'Mahoney awarded a Monaghan penalty for a foul on Ryan McAnaspie. Conor McManus stepped forward and sent Stephen Enright the wrong way. Goalkeeper Rory Beggan then split the posts from a free.

Conor Murray and Jason Curry got singles for Waterford to leave it 1-9 to 0-4 heading into the closing stages of the half. The home side tired however and Karl O'Connell and Fintan Kelly stung Enright's net before the interval.

The teams traded three points apiece on the resumption before substitute Dessie Mone blasted a shot to the roof of the net. Michael Curry produced two magnificent blocks before the number five finished it off.

Experienced Waterford defender Thomas O'Gorman kept Conor McManus scoreless from play and the two-time All Star was withdrawn on 55 minutes.

The impressive Conor McCarthy set up Shane Carey for Monaghan's fifth major six minutes from time. Stephen Prendergast and Jack Mullaney claimed consolation points before a Rory Beggan free completed the rout.

Scorers for Monaghan: Conor McManus (1-0 pen, 1f), Dessie Mone 1-1 each, Jack McCarron 0-4 (3fs), Karl O'Connell, Fintan Kelly, Shane Carey 1-0 each, Conor McCarthy 0-3, David Garland (1f), Rory Beggan (2fs), Niall Kearns, Darren Hughes 0-2 each, Vinny Corey, Ryan McAnespie, Barry Kerr, Colin Walshe 0-1 each.

Scorers for Waterford: Jason Curry 0-4 (4fs), Jack Mullaney, Stephen Prendergast, Kieran Power, Gavin Crotty, Conor Murray 0-1 each.

MONAGHAN: Rory Beggan; Barry Kerr, Conor Boyle, Drew Wylie; Fintan Kelly, Colin Walshe, Vinny Corey; Niall Kearns, Darren Hughes; Conor McManus, Dermot Malone, Karl O’Connell; Conor McCarthy, Jack McCarron, Ryan McAnespie.

Subs: Shane Carey for Drew Wylie (H-T), Ryan Wylie for Corey (H-T), Dessie Mone for Walshe (44), Neil McAdam for Hughes (44), Kieran Duffy for Kerr (44, BC), David Garland for McManus (55).

WATERFORD: Stephen Enright; Brian Looby, James McGrath, Aidan Trihy; Shane Ryan, Michael Curry, Thomas O’Gorman; Tommy Prendergast, Kieran Power; Gavin Crotty, Dylan Guiry, Conor Murray, Jack Mullaney, JJ Hutchinson, Jason Curry.

Subs: Stephen Prendergast for McGrath (42), Joe Allen for Guiry (42), Mark Cummins for Looby (54), Joey Veale for Jason Curry (57), Eoin O'Brien (Stradbally) for Hutchinson (65), Michael Kiely (Dungarvan) for Trihy (70).

REFEREE: Derek O'Mahoney (Tipperary).

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