Dublin v Monaghan

Will Monaghan cause an upset or will Dublin's relentless march continue at Croke Park?

RuaidhrĂ­ Croke Sat, Aug 5
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  • 17:41

    Good afternoon and welcome to part two of this double header of All-Ireland quarter-finals! Tyrone have done their bit by hammering Armagh to reach the semi-finals. Who will be joining them, Dublin or Monaghan?

    I'm Ruaidhri Croke and I'll be with you for all of the action as we find out exactly that! Team news is below with two changes to the Monaghan team from the lineout originally named.

    DUBLIN:  Stephen Cluxton; Philly McMahon, Cian O’Sullivan, Michael Fitzsimons; Jonny Cooper, John Small, Eric Lowndes; Brian Fenton, James McCarthy; Ciaran Kilkenny, Con O’Callaghan, Jack McCaffrey; Paul Mannion, Paddy Andrews, Dean Rock.

    MONAGHAN: Rory Beggan; Fintan Kelly, Drew Wylie, Ryan Wylie; Colin Walshe, Kieran Duffy, Karl O’Connell; Kieran Hughes, Darren Hughes; Gavin Doogan, Dessie Ward (in for Dermot Malone), Shane Carey; Ryan McAnespie, Jack McCarron (in for Darren Freeman), Conor Mc Manus.

  • 17:52

    Can anyone see anything other than a Dublin win here?

    Most likely not. But then sport can be unpredictable as we know. And that's about the only real factor I can see for Monaghan having a chance.

    This evening Stephen Cluxton will become the record appearance maker in the GAA. Malachy Clerkin took a look back at his career below.

    Stephen Cluxton a constant in the Dublin revolution

  • 18:00

    National anthem done, it's time for action!

  • 18:01
    1 min: We're underway in Croke Park!  (Dublin 0-0 Monaghan 0-0)
  • 18:02
    2 min: First chance, first score. Paul Mannion collects n the right, cuts inside and slots over with the left boot.  (Dublin 0-1 Monaghan 0-0)
  • 18:04

    3 mins: Monaghan are showing no signs of holding back, like Armagh did in the previous game. They're attacking in numbers and almost answer back quickly but Kieran Hughes's effort at a point flies just wide.

    Meanwhile, Jack McCaffrey has picked up the first yellow card of the game.  (Dublin 0-1 Monaghan 0-0)

  • 18:05
    4 mins: Dublin look right on it early on. Great running from Brian Fenton creates some space for Paddy Andrews who takes the pass and slots a point over.  (Dublin 0-2 Monaghan 0-0)
  • 18:06
    5 mins: Monaghan needed a score and they've got it. Conor McManus cuts inside and kicks over for the Ulstermen's opening point of the game.  (Dublin 0-2 Monaghan 0-1)
  • 18:08
    7 mins: Dublin are attacking with great width in the early stages and it earns them a free after John Small was fouled. It's a long way out, about three metres outside the 45m line, and on the right side but Dean Rock slots it perfectly between the posts. What a point!  (Dublin 0-3 Monaghan 0-1)
  • 18:11
    9 mins: James McCarthy gets on the end of some lovely Dublin handpassing inside the Monaghan 45 and breaks into the square. He tries to lift it over Rory Beggan with the outside of his foot but the goalkeeper makes a good save and Monaghan can clear their lines and breathe again.  (Dublin 0-3 Monaghan 0-1)
  • 18:14
    13 mins: Another suoerb free from Rock notches up another Dublin point. This one was far easier than the previous effort, from closer in and on the left and the gap is now three points.  (Dublin 0-4 Monaghan 0-1)
  • 18:16
    15 mins: And once again. Rock could slot these frees over all day. The latest is a carbon copy of the previous one and Dublin are beginning to assert their supremacy now.  (Dublin 0-5 Monaghan 0-1)
  • 18:18
    17 mins: Dublin are doing what they do in holding possession with ease and not allowing Monaghan a touch. Croke Park is like a church at the moment as the boys in blue patiently build up the play.  (Dublin 0-5 Monaghan 0-1)
  • 18:20
    19 mins: Dublin keeping the scoreboard ticking over and pulling ever further away from Monaghan's solitary point. Jack McCaffrey is the latest player to slot over a point.  (Dublin 0-6 Monaghan 0-1)
  • 18:22

    20 mins: A great goal chance for Dublin goes amiss!

    A long ball in behind the Monaghan defence by Fenton is picked up by Con O'Callaghan as he charges into the square. He looked to go low past Beggan but the Monaghan goalkeeper stood tall to save and Monaghan could clear their lines. You'd have put your money on O'Callaghan scoring there.  (Dublin 0-6 Monaghan 0-1)

  • 18:23

    22 mins: The gap grows wider.

    Rock slots his fourth free of the day, this the easiest so far and Dublin now lead by six.  (Dublin 0-7 Monaghan 0-1)

  • 18:24
    23 mins: Monaghan make a rare foray up into the Dublin 45 and work a good shooting chance but Jonny Cooper dives into make a super block. As good as they've been in attack, they have also been excellent in defence so far and Monaghan are being forced to take pot shots.  (Dublin 0-7 Monaghan 0-1)
  • 18:25

    24 mins: After that misses goal chance minutes ago, O'Callaghan gets off the mark with a tidy point on his right foot. It's now 20 minutes since Monaghan's one and only point...  (Dublin 0-8 Monaghan 0-1)

  • 18:27
    26 mins: Yellow card for Conor McManus. The Monaghan forward threw Cooper to the floor in an off the ball incident and pays the price.  (Dublin 0-8 Monaghan 0-1)
  • 18:30

    28 mins: What a point from Mannion!

    Picking the ball up on the right with his back to goal he twists one way and then turns back the other way before slotting over a lovely point on his left boot.  (Dublin 0-9 Monaghan 0-1)

  • 18:30
  • 18:31
    30 mins: Finally! 26 minutes after their first point of the game, Colin Walshe cuts inside to kick over a point for Monaghan on the right boot.  (Dublin 0-9 Monaghan 0-2)
  • 18:32
    31 mins: Dean Rock free. Dublin point.  (Dublin 0-10 Monaghan 0-2)
  • 18:33
    32 mins: A lovely point for Monaghan. Karl O'Connell gets forward, picks up a pass and kicks an excellent point from inside the Dublin 45.  (Dublin 0-10 Monaghan 0-3)
  • 18:34
    33 mins: Cooper takes another heavy hit, this time from Drew Wylie and the Monaghan man also goes into the book.  (Dublin 0-10 Monaghan 0-3)
  • 18:37
    35+1 mins: Superb play from Dublin. The patient build-up play lasts well over a minute this time before James McCarthy finds some space and pops a point over. It all looks so, so easy.  (Dublin 0-11 Monaghan 0-3)
  • 18:38
  • 18:56
    36 mins: We're back underway at Croke Park. Can Monaghan turn it around?  (Dublin 0-11 Monaghan 0-3)
  • 18:59
    38 mins: Well it's certainly been a quick start to the second half. Conor McCarthy has come firing out of the blocks to notch two quick points for Monaghan but it's brought them no closer to the Dubs as a point from Paddy Andrews, followed by a Dean Rock free, maintains the eight point gap.  (Dublin 0-13 Monaghan 0-5)
  • 19:01


    DUBLIN 1-13 MONAGHAN 0-5

  • 19:02
    41 mins: A beautiful goal from Dublin. Capitalising on a Monaghan error, Fenton picked it up and charged into the box. Rock was free to his left and he handpassed it across, allowing the Ballymun Kickhams man to fist it into the net from close range and pull Dublin further away.  (Dublin 1-13 Monaghan 0-5)
  • 19:05

    44 mins: Rory Beggan slots a lovely long range free for Monaghan to reduce the gap to 10.  

    In all honesty both games today have been over within the first 10 minutes. Dublin and Tyrone are just so far ahead.  (Dublin 1-13 Monaghan 0-6)

  • 19:08

    47 mins: Great save from Cluxton!

    The GAA's record appearance maker makes his first stop of the game from close range after Jack McCarron burst into the square and shot from close range.

    With that Dublin break up the pitch and Paddy Andrews slots over.  (Dublin 1-14 Monaghan 0-6)

  • 19:09
    49 mins: But Conor McCarthy answers back with a point of his own for Monaghan.  (Dublin 1-14 Monaghan 0-7)
  • 19:12

    52 mins: Great save from Beggan!

    Bernard Brogan broke into the square and shot at goal but his effort was the perfect height for Beggan, allowing him to parry away.  (Dublin 1-14 Monaghan 0-7)

  • 19:13
    53 mins: It's seven successful frees from seven for Dean Rock as he slots over another set piece.  (Dublin 1-15 Monaghan 0-7)
  • 19:15
    54 mins: To make things fair, Dean Rock should have to wear a blindfold when taking frees from now on. He's just slotted his eighth of the game to maintain his 100 per cent record.  (Dublin 1-16 Monaghan 0-7)
  • 19:16
    56 mins: Eoghan O'Gara notches his first point of the game from close range.  (Dublin 1-17 Monaghan 0-7)
  • 19:18
    58 mins: Darren Hughes keeps Monaghan's tally ticking over and cuts the gap to 12.  (Dublin 1-17 Monaghan 0-8)
  • 19:20

    59 mins: But Dublin never leave it too long before answering back. Paul Flynn is the latest man on the scoresheet as Dublin continue to waltz through with ease.

    Up at the other end Monaghan attack on the counter and win a free which McManus slots over.  (Dublin 1-18 Monaghan 0-9)

  • 19:24
    64 mins: Croke Park is emptying out now as everyone filters off after watching two of the most one-sided games you could possibly expect to see at the quarter-final stage of the premier competition in any sport.  (Dublin 1-18 Monaghan 0-9)
  • 19:28
    68 mins: Conor McManus slots another free to add to his tally for the day. His free taking has been good today it must be said.  (Dublin 1-18 Monaghan 0-10)
  • 19:29
    69 mins: But Dublin answer straight back with a point from Mannion.  (Dublin 1-19 Monaghan 0-10)
  • 19:31
    70 mins: We will have four additional minutes of misery for Monaghan.  (Dublin 1-19 Monaghan 0-10)
  • 19:31
    70+1 mins: Ryan McAnespie adds another Monaghan point.  (Dublin 1-19 Monaghan 0-11)
  • 19:34
    70+4 mins: Conor McManus slots another free for Monaghan.  (Dublin 1-19 Monaghan 0-12)
  • 19:35
  • 19:39

    So that's that for a thrillingly uneventful quarter-final double header at Croke Park.

    Dublin and Tyrone essentially played training games today and won't have learned much for when they come up against each other in the semi-finals in three weeks. At least that will be close and, hopefully, entertaining.

    With that I'll leave you. Stay tuned to www.irishtimes.com/sport for reports and reaction from croke Park.

    Thanks for reading, bye!