A cracking game at Croker to light up a dreary evening as the rain and wind threatened to play havoc.

A late point from Davy Byrne saw Dublin claim a share of the spoils against Monaghan. But for so long it looked like the Farney would claim a hat-trick of league wins over the Dubs as they led by nine at half-time and held a similar advantage after 60 minutes.

A goal from Kevin McManamon ultimately gave the All-Ireland champions a bit more oxygen in their quest to salvage things

For Monaghan manager, Seamus McEnaney, it was a case of mixed emotions afterwards. Pleased enough on one hand that his side put it up to the best team in the land, but internally you sense a frustration that his side dropped a point on Jones' Road.

He highlighted the fact that his side weren't accurate enough in the opening half.


Speaking to RTÉ Sport's Hugh Cahill, 'Banty' said: "To tell you the truth we were disappointed with the first-half performance. We had a 53% shot accuracy and that we don't do at this level. We will have to work on that now with Mayo to come in two weeks time."

Striking a more positive note, the Farney boss added: "We're delighted to get a point. We're playing the All-Ireland champions, the five-time All-Ireland champions, they are not that for nothing.

"I'm really proud of how Monaghan performed, how they executed the gameplan we put in place. There are loads of learnings in the football league. This is our third game in and to come here to get a point was satisfying.

"We're disappointed we haven't come out with two points, but there is loads of character in this group.

"Dublin got a run on us and got the goal. It was a crucial score that brought it back to threes. You would have to be really proud about how Monaghan performed and how well they worked."