Dublin and Monaghan draw in Croke Park

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Dublin and Monaghan played out a 1-15 each draw at Croke Park on Saturday night . Monaghan will feel it’s a game that got away from them as they led the game by 9 points with 60 minutes played.

Conor McManus grabbed a Farney county goal after just 42 seconds. He got on the end of a pass from Ryan McAnespie before dashing past Michael Fitzsimons before finishing to the net. Dean Rock had a Dublin point from a free by 4 minutes, then Dublin hit a scoring drought for 19 minutes. They didn’t score till the 23rd minute. Monaghan however made up for that.

Monaghan reeled off seven points with Ryan McAnespie and Michael Bangan knocking over two points each. Dublin lost Paddy Andrews through injury on 12 minutes also. Dublin finally broke their duck with a 23rd minute point from Dan O’Brien. Rory Beggan responded for Banty McEnaney’s charges with a long range free on 28 minutes, while Conor McCarthy added to that two minutes later. Monaghan in full control and 10 points ahead of the All-Ireland Champions. Dean Rock kicked a point for Dublin before the break to leave it 1-09 to 0-03 at the break.

Paul Mannion was brought on at half time to some impetus to the Dublin attack. Monaghan were reduced to 14 men after Darren Hughes picked up a black card and was sin binned. Dublin powered into the game with Rock and Kilkenny pointing. However, Monaghan weren’t going to let them back into the game with scores from Rory Beggan and Conor McManus both from frees.

Monaghan retained a 9 point lead up to the 60th minute. However, from here Dublin reeled them in outscoring them 1-06 to 0-01. Dessie Farrell’s subs worked a treat with them posting 1-04, Kevin McManamon netting on 70 minutes after some good work from Sean Bugler. Bugler incidentally kicked a brace of points, before Davy Byrne proved the unlikeliest of heroes with a last gasp effort.

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