Dubs battle past brave Monaghan display to another All-Ireland SFC final

July 15, 2023

Dublin's Dean Rock goes past goalkeeper Rory Beggan of Monaghan to score his side's goal ©INPHO/James Crombie

Dublin timed their finish to perfection to see off Monaghan’s spirited display at Croke Park and advance to their first All-Ireland senior football championship final in three years.

After being matched for the best part of an hour at headquarters, the Leinster champions outscored their Ulster counterparts by 1-5 to 0-1 in the closing quarter of an hour to record the 1-17 to 0-13 victory in the end.

The final scoreline didn’t do justice to the efforts of Vinny’s Corey’s men, as they had arguably been the better team in the first-half despite Cormac Costello’s free late on giving the Dubs a 0-8 to 0-7 lead at the break.

As they did against Mayo the last day, the capital men did show some signs of getting motoring after the turnaround but couldn’t open up a significant margin and instead it was a brace of Conor McManus points that had this semi-final clash tied at a dozen points each with just over 10 minutes to go.

In that period, it was Dessie Farrell’s side that found another gear as old reliables Brian Fenton, Paul Mannion and substitute Jack McCaffrey all shot over points before Dean Rock’s late cameo saw him contributing 1-1 off the bench, which included a close-range goal in the third minute of injury-time to end the game as a contest.

Dublin now await the winners of tomorrow’s showdown between Kerry and Derry (4pm) to see who they’ll face at Croker on July 30th for the biggest prize in the game.

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