Monaghan ratings: Farney stalwarts star in dramatic Omagh victory

Karl O'Connell, a late replacement for Dessie Ward, was excellent as Monaghan toppled Tyrone in Omagh. Picture by Mark Marlow
Neil Loughran at Healy Park

Rory Beggan: Influential as Monaghan turned the screw. Pushed out to join the play, his diagonal ball into Jones provided the impetus for the move that led to O’Hanlon’s goal. Plucked a ball from above the bar to prevent a Burns effort going over, Carey scoring for Monaghan from the subsequent move as the Farney edged ahead. Also made a good save to deny McNamee late on. 8

Ryan O’Toole: A Championship debut he won’t forget in a hurry after popping up with the crucial added time goal to send Monaghan through. Found McCurry’s movement problematic early on, moved onto Canavan before half-time as a defensive reshuffle reaped rich dividends for the Farney. 8

Thomas McPhillips: One of the finds of the year for Monaghan, but a tough afternoon as Canavan landed 1-4 by the 22 minute mark. Replaced near half-time. 5

Ryan Wylie: Trailed McGeary for most of the first half but moved onto McCurry following a defensive reshuffle before half-time and kept him in check. 7.5

Kieran Duffy: Followed Donnelly out the field and found the going tough as the Trillick ace slotted over a couple of first half scores. Landed a point of his own and roamed forward late on to played in O’Toole for his goal. 7

Karl O’Connell: Picked up where he left off in Castlebar three weeks earlier, pushing Burns back, diving into tackles and helping drive the Farney forward. An incredible engine. 7.5

Conor Boyle: Returned from injury and pushed out on O’Neill. Not quite the buccaneering back-to-front force of yesteryear, but joined the attack and physicality posed problems for Tyrone. 6

Darren Hughes: Robbed of possession by Kennedy from a short Beggan kick-out for Canavan’s first half goal. Found himself dropping back into a familiar sweeping role and trying to keep an eye on the excellent Kennedy. Injury forced him off early in the second half. 6

Killian Lavelle: Kilpatrick’s bursts from centrefield were a feature of Tyrone’s resurgence towards the end of the League but Lavelle put him on the back foot as Monaghan pressed forward. 7

Karl Gallagher: Struggled to escape the shackles of Harte but grew in influence during the final 20 minutes when the Errigal Ciaran moved onto Bannigan, providing an outlet for Beggan’s kick-outs. 7

Stephen O’Hanlon: One of the many runners Tyrone struggled to get to grips with in the second half. Intriguing match-up with Meyler, eventually wriggled clear of the Omagh man to bag Monaghan’s crucial first goal. 7.5

Micheal Bannigan: Landed a brilliant second half score from under the stand, reminiscent of Conor McManus’s effort in the rain five years earlier. Otherwise kept quiet. 6

Conor McCarthy: Largely ineffective until a defensive reshuffle saw him moved to wing-back, then exploded into life with two scores from play and blistering runs that drew two second half frees. McGeary couldn’t get to grips with him. 8

Jack McCarron: Got little change from Hampsey and replaced 10 minutes after half-time. 5.5

Conor McManus: Largely feeding off scraps with McNamee breathing down his neck, but landed one from play and typically unerring from frees – the last of which, in added time, was superb. 7


Shane Carey: Replaced McPhillips before half-time and kicked a score on the counter as Monaghan grabbed the upper hand. 6.5

Kieran Hughes: Had little game-time this year, but brilliant after replacing brother Darren, winning three kick-outs and composed in possession. 7.5

Sean Jones: Laid off to O’Hanlon for Monaghan’s first goal. Ended up in a heap following an off-the-ball altercation with Hampsey. 6

Dessie Ward: Not on long enough to be rated.

Fintan Kelly: Not on long enough to be rated.