Monaghan opened well in their match against Down in Casement Park but their wastefulness in front of goal proved their downfall as they lost the Ulster Football quarter-final 1-12 to 0-13.

The Monaghan start was bright with seven points in twenty minutes. Down rallied and three Liam Doyle points saw them cut the deficit to three as the half-time score was 0-09 to 0-06.

Down exploded into the second-half with a goal from corner forward Michael Walshe and a point from John Lavery putting them in the lead within two minutes. Monaghan were playing great football, but just couldn't finish. Down will now meet Fermanagh in the Ulster semi-final later this month.

Filed by Barry J Whyte