Paddy Bradley's spectacular one-man show ended the Ulster Championship dream of NFL Division Two champions Monaghan.

His wonderful 1-10 tally, all but two points scored from play, helped the Oak Leafers ease through to the provincial semi-final thanks to a 1-17 to 2-8 win.

Derry combined defensive solidity with attacking flair in the first half, and while Monaghan did hit back with two second-half goals, they lacked the firepower to turn the game around.

A superbly organised Derry defence squeezed the Farney forwards out of the game throughout the opening half, with Kevin McCloy performing superbly at full-back and Kevin McGuckin snuffing out the threat of danger man Tommy Freeman.

It was Freeman's brother Damien, attacking from wing back, who kicked the home side's two opening scores, but by the time he had floated over a superb second in the tenth minute, Derry already had 1-2 on the board.

Fergal Doherty's aerial prowess, the industry of Paul Murphy and Paddy Bradley's deadly finishing blended smoothly in a potent Oak Leaf cocktail.

Bradley racked up a 1-5 tally in the first half alone, tormenting his marker Vincent Corey every time he got possession.

Despite losing Johnny McBride with a rib injury after just 10 minutes, Mickey Moran's men looked focused, incisive and hungry.
Enda Muldoon, back for his first game of the season following knee surgery, supplied the probing pass which picked out Bradley on the left wing, and he skipped around Corey and Colm Flanagan before sidestepping goalkeeper Shane Duffy to plant the ball into an empty net.

Stephen Gollogly, the only Monaghan attacker to score from play in the first half, responded with a point, but Derry were unruffled, irresistible and oozing flair and confidence.

Substitute Eoin Bradley was making an impact, and when Muldoon swung over a vintage point from far out on the right wing, it was just like old times.

Bradley continued to punish with some wonderful finishing, and Monaghan boss Seamus McEneaney watched his side go 23 minutes without scoring, before Paul Finlay converted a free.

Murphy's hard work earned him a point as Derry cruised into a 1-8 to 0-4 half-time lead, and he was on target again early in the second half as the advantage grew to nine points.

Monaghan did craft a goal chance through Eoin Lennon's long delivery, but Tommy Freeman blazed wide. They lost skipper Damien Freeman with an ankle injury, but his replacement, Hugh McElroy, banged in a goal within seconds of joining the action to give them a glimmer of hope seven minutes into the half.

There was no stopping the rampant Bradley, however. Now shadowed by Gary McQuaid, he fired over another gem from wide on the right.

At 1-13 to 1-4, Derry looked safely on their way to a semi-final clash with either Armagh or Donegal, but Monaghan got in for another goal, Freeman supplying the pass for a splendid finish from substitute Shane McManus.

They now trailed by five with 15 minutes to play, but it was another false dawn, as a succession of bad wides thwarted their attempts to put Derry under genuine pressure.

Paul Finlay did convert a couple of frees, but they could still find no way to stop Bradley, who completed his 1-10 tally with another sublime effort.

Derry: B Gillis, K McGuckin, K McCloy, G O'Kane, P Wilson, SM Lockhart, P Kelly, F Doherty, Patsy Bradley (0-1), J McBride, M Lynch, P Murphy (0-2), Paul Bradley, Paddy Bradley (1-10, 2f), E Muldoon (0-3, 2f).

Subs: E Bradley for McBride, C Devlin (0-1) for Paul Bradley, M Kelly for Muldoon

Monaghan: S Duffy, G McQuaid, V Corey, C Flanagan, D Freeman (0-2), J Coyle, D McArdle, F Duffy, E Lennon, S Gollogly (0-1), P Finlay (0-3, 3f), N Corrigan, T Freeman (0-1), R Ronaghan, D Clerkin.

Subs: S McManus (1-1) for F Duffy, H McElroy (1-0) for D Freeman, F Smith for McQuaid, D McKernan for Corrigan, J McElroy for Gollogly.

Referee: M Duffy (Sligo).