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Published: 20:42 | 25/6/16

Donegal and Monaghan to meet again

Ulster semi goes to replay after thrilling finish

Donegal and Monaghan must meet again after a thrilling finish saw the sides finish level on a score of 0-14 to 1-11 in their Ulster SFC semi-final at Breffni Park, Cavan.

The Farney County thought they had kept their provincial hopes alive when they came from two points down late on to claw back a deficit created by Odhran Mac Niallais' goal.

However, a fisted point from Donegal's Christy Toye four minutes into injury time looked to have won the game for the 2012 All-Ireland champions.

But Conor McManus - who was outstanding on the night - showed nerves of steel to knock a last-gasp free over the bar and ensure that they will meet next weekend to decide who faces Cavan or Tyrone in the Ulster final next month.

Donegal will feel they should have clinched the victory after they showed great resolve to overcome the loss of Martin McElhinney to a black and yellow card combination with 20 minutes played in the second period.

Seven second half wides however, ultimately proved costly.

The first half was a gripping affair with the sides going in level on 0-6 apiece after a barnstorming start to the match, the game settling down into a nip-tuck affair with the score level twice before the end of the opening period.

Monaghan turned the screw afterwards and led by three points with 20 minutes left but needed a Conor McCarthy free to square matters after Mac Niallais' three-pointer had put Donegal back in front.

The excellent Paddy McBrearty and Eoin Ryan sent over points to nudge the Tir Conaill Men two points clear as the game entered stoppage time but ta brace of majestic frees from McManus brought the score level.

Toye's point on 74 minutes looked to have settled the argument but McManus thought otherwise to earn a replay for Monaghan.

Fermanagh progressed to the next round of the All-Ireland qualifers as they produced a strong finish to claim a five-point victory by 0-19 to 0-11 over Wexford at Innovate Wexford Park.

Pete McGrath’s men restricted Wexford to just four second half points, with Tomás Corrigan catching the eye as he top-scored with nine points.

Offaly came from five points down to secure a comfortable 0-17 to 1-07 win over London at O’Connor Park in the first round of the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers.

London corner-forward Patrick O’Hara grabbed a goal after just 12 minutes to help London lead by 1-04 to 0-02 early on, but Offaly recorded 13 points without reply over 40 minutes to help them overturn the deficit and ease past the Exiles.

Limerick registered their first win of the year and they reached Round 2B of the qualifiers courtesy of goals from Ian Ryan and a Sean McSweeney penalty which earned the Treaty County a 2-6 to 0-9 victory over Antrim at Corrigan Park in Belfast.

Longford scored two goals in extra-time to knock Down out of the All-Ireland SFC series and complete a disastrous season for the Mourne county, the defeat Down’s 11th out of 11 inter-county games played in 2016.

With the sides level 3-12 to 0-21 at the end of the 70 minutes, goals from substitutes Seamus Hannon and Mark Hughes saw Longford pull clear of Eamonn Burns’ side to win by a score of 2-24 to 3-16 in Newry.

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