Dublin 0-17 Monaghan 2-12

This is the only foolproof way to beat Dublin – score the go-ahead point as the clock ticks past the last minute of injury-time and have the referee blow the final whistle on the kick-out. Monaghan players were scurrying hither-and-yon to try to cover off Evan Comerford’s angles after Fintan Kelly’s 74th-minute shot had gone between the posts when David Gough spread his arms wide with the ball barely airborne. Monaghan’s first ever win over Dublin in Croke Park, sealed so late the Dubs could do nothing about it.

In the greater scheme of things, of course, the result meant nothing. Dublin were already in the league final and played out this round seven dead rubber without Stephen CluxtonJonny Cooper and Ciarán Kilkenny, to name just three of the mainstays of their campaign so far. Monaghan didn’t quite go full-bore either, leaving Jack McCarron, Colin Walshe and Ryan Wylie off from the start – although all three came on as the game progressed and each made an impact.

But beating Dublin is still beating Dublin – of the Monaghan side that lined out here, only the evergreen Vinny Corey has been on the winning side against them before, a point-scorer in their last victory against the Dubs in Parnell Park in 2006.


Article courtesy of Irish Times.