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Monaghan and Armagh into quarter-finals after a memorable night at Croke Park

Malachy Clerkin Sat, Aug 2
 
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  • It's the August Bank Holiday weekend so it must be the All Ireland quarter-finals, right? Wrong. The last two qualifiers have to be played yet. First up, Armagh v Meath, throw-in at five o'clock
  • Malachy Clerkin here, from now until however late into Saturday night these teams detain us
  • Both teams are missing big names here. Ciaran McKeever out for Armagh, Kevin Reilly out for Meath
  • Leg injury for Kevin Reilly, Shane O'Rourke comes in. Aaron Kernan replaces McKeever.

  • Positional changes all over the place for Meath with their captain gone. Adam Flanagan gone to full back, Shane O'Rourke in midfield
  • Yellow card for Armagh's Stephen Harold with just three minutes gone. Frontal charge on Damien Carroll
  • First score of the game, Andrew Tormey point after five minutes. Meath 0-1 Armagh 0-0
  • Mickey Newman free, six minutes gone. Meath 0-2 Armagh 0-0
  • A mess-up in the Meath defence. Paddy O'Rourke fluffs a catch and collides with his full-back Adam Flanagan. Ball spills to Jamie Clarke. Goal chance but he blazes over. Meath 0-2 Armagh 0-1, eight minutes gone
  • Aidan Forker was waving like a drowning man for 10 seconds in front of goal there before Armagh found him. Eventually got it, turned and scored. Side level at 0-2 apiece, 10 minutes gone
  • It's a rotten night at Croke Park, by the by. Has been raining solidly in Dublin three since around 5am. I can tell you this to the minute because that's when the noise of it woke me up this morning
  • Tony Kernan free for Armagh puts them ahead, 0-3 to 0-2.  
  • Goal chance denied for Meath! Shane O'Rourke surged through the Armagh defence, dished off to Mickey Newman whose shot clattered off the crossbar
  • Meath started best but Armagh are getting on top now. Keep dropping the ball into Paddy O'Rourke's hands though. Aidan Forker finally nails one, Armagh 0-4 to 0-2 ahead, 18 minutes gone
  • Meath's shooting sucking the life out of them. Meath are winning kick-outs and getting on plenty of ball. Kicking wides to beat the band though
  • Mind you, Armagh's is no picture either. Another two balls into Paddy O'Rourke's chest there in quick succession. I count five so far, 22 minutes gone. Still 0-4 to 0-2
  • Great score from Aidan Forker, whose runs aren't being tracked by the Meath half-backs. Armagh 0-5 to 0-2 ahead now, 24 minutes gone.
  • Meath haven't scored since the fifth minute, Armagh have scored five in a row. Oof, nearly a sixth there, Paddy O'Rourke saving a certain point by batting down a ball that was going over his bar. The goalkeeper has been Meath's best player
  • Excellent point from Kyle Carragher to put Armagh four clear. Brilliant kick-passing move that went the length of the pitch. Armagh 0-6 Meath 0-2
  • Jamie Clarke wins a free through sheer doggedness, Tony Kernan converts, Armagh go five clear
  • Stefan Campbell sallies forward for another, Armagh could be out of sight soon. Leading 0-8 to 0-2
  • Mickey Newman stops the rot with a free. Meath's first point in 25 minutes. Trailing 0-8 to 0-3, they've brought Graham Reilly on
  • Out of nowhere, Meath find a response. Great kick from Damien Carroll from out on the right. 0-8 to 0-4
  • And Graham Reilly makes it three in a row! Only three points in it now, 0-8 to 0-5
  • Make that four. A David Bray free brings the gap back to two. 0-8 to 0-6. That has come from nowhere
  • And it's back to one. A Mickey Newman 45 makes it 0-8 to 0-7
  • That's half-time. Armagh were by a distance the better side for half an hour but Meath ate up the ground in the five minute before half-time. One in it.
  • Five points in five minutes on a night like this against a good blanket defence. That is serious going out of Meath
  • Game back on and it's Meath who get going first. Graham Reilly picks up where he left off at the end of the first half. All square
  • Aaron Kernan responds for Armagh. They lead 0-9 to 0-8 a couple of minutes into the second half. This is decent scoring, given the conditions.
  • Yellow cards apiece for Shane O'Rourke and Aaron Findon for a bit of belly-tickling around midfield
  • Jamie Clarke is attracting two Meath players every time. Slips a lovely pass to Tony Kernan who finishes to put Armagh two ahead. 0-10 to 0-8 now.
  • Outstanding score from David Bray into the Davin Stand. On the run, off his left, going away from goal. Cracking point. One in it again
  • And we're level again. Paddy O'Rourke trots up to nail a 55-metre free. 0-10 to 0-10, 41 minutes gone. Fine game
  • That's terrific from Armagh. Aaron Kernan makes the overlap for Stefan Campbell and pops a point from 35 metres. Armagh go one up again.  
  • Mark Shields puts Armagh 0-12 to 0-10 ahead. Sent in by Kevin Dyas.  
  • Oh, bad miss from Mickey Newman there. Should have cut the margin to one. Armagh wouldn't need much to bound clear here.
  • Mind you, that was worse from Dyas at the other end.
  • The game has gone raggedy now. No score on either side for the guts of 10 minutes. Conditions were bound to have their say eventually I guess.
  • Just as I say that, Stefan Campbell lofts a lovely score from the right-hand side for Armagh. They lead 0-13 to 0-10, 14 minutes to go
  • And Dyas puts them four clear. He missed a sitter a short while ago but this was smartly taken. Tony Kernan found him with a crossfield pass and he made it 0-14 to 0-10. Meath need to stop the rot here.
  • Armagh were queuing up there - any one of three players could have kicked the score. Campbell was the one who did it, kicking his fourth point of the night. Can't see Meath getting out of this without a goal. Armagh lead 0-15 to 0-10 with 10 minutes to go.
  • Campbell has put in a phenomenal evening's work. His prime job all night has been breaking up play in the middle third but he's got forward for those scores as well.
  • Meath finally get a score, more than 20 minutes after their last. Paddy O'Rourke kicks another monster free. They trail by four
  • But Armagh hit back straight away. Brian Mallon kicks them five clear again with his first touch since coming off the bench.  
  • Graham Reilly hasn't given up though. His third point of the night brings the margin back to four. 0-16 to 0-12, six minutes to go.
  • Yes sir, Brian Mallon. Two chances, two scores. Lovely point from distance to put five between them again. Four minutes left.
  • Mickey Newman clips over a close-in free. Four in it, two minutes left. Can't see where Meath are going to find a goal.
  • Armagh have only kicked four wides all night but I reckon that's their 10th shot dropped into Paddy O'Rourke's chest
  • Sub Aidan Forker cherries the cake. Armagh 0-18 Meath 0-13. In injury time now.
  • Full time: Armagh 0-18 Meath 0-13. They play Donegal in Croke Park next Saturday
  • That's Armagh back in the All Ireland quarter-final for the first time since 2008
  • Actually, I'm getting ahead of myself by saying they'll play Donegal next week. If Kildare beat Monaghan in the second game, there will be a draw with Kildare and Armagh on one side and Donegal and Dublin on the other. If Monaghan beat Kildare, it will be Dublin v Monaghan and Donegal v Armagh
  • On to the second game, then, Kildare v Monaghan. These counties have met five times in the past, with Kildare on top 4-1. The only Monaghan win was 84 years ago.
  • Two changes for Monaghan. Chris McGuinness and Thomas Kerr in for Dermot Malone and Stephen Gollogly.
  • Four changes for Kildare.  Hugh McGrillen, Emmet Bolton, Paddy Brophy and Hugh Lynch in for Mick Foley, Mick O'Grady, Niall Kelly, Tomas O'Connor
  • Kildare: Mark Donnellan; Ciaran Fitzpatrick, Hugh McGrillen, Emmet Bolton; Ollie Lyons, Fergal Conway, Keith Cribbin; Tommy Moolick, Pádraig O’Neill; Cathal McNally, Hugh Lynch, Eamonn Callaghan; Alan Smith, Paddy Brophy, Eoghan O’Flaherty.

     

    Monaghan: Rory Beggan; Conor Boyle, Drew Wylie, Colin Walshe; Dessie Mone, Vinny Corey, Fintan Kelly; Dick Clerkin, Darren Hughes; Paudie McKenna, Chris McGuinness, Paul Finlay; Thomas Kerr, Kieran Hughes, Conor McManus.

  • Gavin Cummiskey feels Meath got what they deserved against Armagh. Read his match report here
  • Conor McManus gets Monaghan off the mark with a free. 0-1 to 0-0
  • Fine score from Alan Smith in reply. Kildare moved it through five pairs of hands the length of the pitch. 0-1 to 0-1, three minutes gone.
  • Rory Beggan has had two pots at goal from distance already Monaghan and neither is worth telling you about. Drab start to the game here.  
  • Emmet Bolton livens it up for Kildare. Great score from 40 metres with his left foot. Kildare lead 0-2 to 0-1. Seven minutes gone.
  • Monaghan hit back through Chris McGuinness. Fed by Colin Walshe, he swings over a well-taken equaliser. Teams all square.
  • Kildare inch ahead through an Eoghan O'Flaherty free. 0-3 to 0-2, 12 minutes gone.
  • God, this is grim stuff. The weather has worsened in fairness. And it shows. Handling is poor, shooting worse.
  • Paul Finlay draws Monaghan level from a free. The scoreboard operators will have no trouble keeping up here.
  • I take it back! Stunning goal from Emmet Bolton. Alan Smith made the space and sent the wing-back through and he stuck a dinger of a finish into the top corner. Monaghan only conceded a single goal in seven championship games before this but that was a croker.  Kildare 1-3 to 0-3 ahead, 20 minutes gone.
  • Paul Finlay free keeps Monaghan in touch. Well won by Conor McManus. Maybe Jason Ryan meant it as a compliment? Kildare lead 1-3 to 0-4, 23 minutes gone.
  • Shambolic defending from Monaghan hands Kildare a second goal. Fintan Kelly dropped it in front of his own goal, Cathal McNally swept it across for Emmet Bolton to palm home. Kildare 2-3 to 0-4 ahead.
  • Darren Hughes replies with a brilliant score, knifing a point from the right-hand side. This game has got a bit of go to it, finally. 2-3 to 0-5.
  • Conor McManus pots a free. Good response by Monaghan. 2-3 to 0-6, 27 minutes in.
  • Eoghan O'Flaherty with a point from Kildare. Paddy Brophy and Alan Smith are in top of Drew Wylie and Colin Walshe and they made space for O'Flaherty to score. Kildare lead 2-4 to 0-6.
  • Frees are keeping Monaghan in this. Paul Finlay nails another. Three in it again.
  • Kildare push four ahead again, this time through Pádraig O'Neill. Well fed by Keith Cribben, well taken by O'Neill. 2-5 to 0-7
  • Goal chance for Monaghan, Chris McGuinness hauled down when straight through. Just outside the sqaure so it's a free, not a penalty. No black card, oddly. McManus chips the free. Kildare 2-5 to 0-8 ahead.
  • Kildare lead by three at half-time, well worth it too. On top in front of both goals. Monaghan hanging in through frees and no more.
  • One sliver of light for Monaghan is that Conor McManus is getting on far more ball and has his marker Ollie Lyons on a yellow card.  
  • Alan Smith has been the best player on show so far. Colin Walshe is an All Star corner-back but he'll have to spend half-time untwisting his blood after that.
  • There are 26,584 people in Croke Park. Or there were before the weather sent the majority of the Meath and Armagh people home. Any of them still here are reeeeeeeally big GAA fans.
  • Stephen Gollogly and Gavin Doogan on for Monaghan. Thomas Kerr and Dick Clerkin off.
  • Hughie Lynch kicks a monster point to start the second half. Kildare  go 2-6 to 0-8 ahead.
  • Black card for Emmet Bolton. Lost the ball to Stephen Gollogly and dragged him down as he collected. Very unlucky for Bolton, who had been having a storming game.  
  • Eoin Doyle comes on for Bolton.
  • Eamon Callaghan misses a sitter. Monaghan are all over the place and Callaghan is found in axcres of space down in front of the Hill. But his shot hits the post with Beggan beaten. That would have been the game.
  • Chris McGuinness grabs one back for Monaghan. They shouldn't still be in this but they're only three behind. Kildare 2-6 Monaghan 0-9.
  • McManus free, margin back to two. 25 minutes left.
  • Kildare are gifting Monaghan a route back into this. Another silly free. Finlay obliges. One in it, 2-6 to 0-11.
  • Boom! What a goal from Vinny Corey. Flicked to him by McManus, Corey sallied through and knocked a brilliant shot into the same top corner as Bolton did in the first half. Monaghan go 1-11 to 2-6 ahead.  
  • What a miss! Just as Callaghan could have sealed it for Kildare, Darren Hughes could have done the same for Monaghan. He aimed for the far post and missed. Monaghan have all the momentum now. Kildare need a score.
  • And Niall Kelly provides it. Niall Kelly has come off the bench and that's his first contribution, a great kick ffrom 40 metres. Monaghan lead by one, 17 minutes to go.
  • Tomás O'Connor on for Kildare
  • Kildare have steadied the ship. Very even game now with 15 minutes to go. Tired players, bad conditions. Watchable game, in fairness to them.
  • Fintan Kelly gets up from wing back and finds a point for Monaghan. They're two up now, with 10 to go.
  • Alan Smith sticks at it though and pulls Kildare back to within a point. Catch, turn, shimmy on the edge of the D and it's 1-12 to 2-8. Seven minutes left.
  • And we're level. Both teams are mostly camped between the 45s now but finally Eamon Callaghan found a couple of yards and kicked the equaliser from the 45. Monaghan 1-12 Kildare 2-9. Four minutes to go.
  • This very much looks like a mistake will decide it.
  • Eoghan O'Flaherty has a chance to win it but can't score his free. Nerve-jangling stuff now.
  • Corey has a chance from out on the right but it drops short.
  • Eoghan O'Flaherty looks like he has done it! O'Connor feeds him, lovely kick drops over the spot. Kildare 2-10 Monaghan -12. In injury time.
  • Oooooh, big call by David Coldrick. Conor McManus gets a free in front of the posts, Ollie Lyons might not feel like he did a lot wrong. McManus levels it.
  • And it's extra time.

     

    Full time score: Kildare 2-10 Monaghan 1-13.

  • Both teams left that behind them to some extent. Monaghan have had a real problem closing out games this summer and Kildare will feel that last free was very soft. Turned out to be a hell of a game in the end all the same.
  • Bad wide from Chris McGuinness to start extra-time. Pádraig Donaghy on for Monaghan.
  • Eioghan O'Flaherty puts Kildare one ahead. Monaghan defenders oblige him by running away from him instead of going to the ball. Kildare 2-11 Monaghan 1-13.
  • Chris McGuinness point for Monaghan, set up by Kieran Hughes who won a great ball with two Kildare defenders around him. All square again.
  • It's tired football now, players losing possession the longer they hold it. No surprise that it's a fresh player, Jack McCarron, who drills the go-ahead point for Monaghan
  • Goal! Chris McGuinness blows the game wide open as he latches on to a Kieran Hughes crossfield ball. Great finish, Monaghan go 2-15 to 2-11 up. A minute left in the first half of extra-time.
  • Hal-time in extra-time: Monaghan 2-15 Kildare 2-11.
  • The pass by Kieran Hughes for McGuinness's goal was Scholesian.
  • Kildare on the front foot from the start of the second half of extra-time. Seán Hurley kicks for goal but we need Hawkeye to tell us. Hawkeye says no!
  • Big save from Rory Beggan. Eoin Doyle bore down on him but the Monaghan goalkeeper got his angles right and palmed it out for a 45. Pádraig Fogarty scores the 45 and there's three between them with five to go.
  • Drew Wylie look like he's won it for Monaghan. Somehow still full of running, he gets forward for his first ever championship score. Monaghan 2-16 Kildare 2-12, 30 seconds to go.
  • Dessie Mone picks up a black card with a foul in front of the Monaghan posts. Kildare pop the free and there's a goal in it. One minute of additional time to play.
  • Smith has a great chance! Tight angle, six yards out and it goes over the bar. Monaghan survive.
  • Full-time score: Monaghan 2-16 Kildare 2-14
  • Monaghan go through to play Dublin next Saturday night. Armagh will play Donegal
  • That turned out to be a stonking game. Full of errors, full of effort, two of the best goals of the year. Tough on Kildare, Callaghan's shot against the post in normal time was the turning point.