Monaghan take it in their stride


LEAGUE OF IRELAND PLAY-OFFS: Waterford United 1 Monaghan United 3: MONAGHAN rediscovered their best form at just the time at the RSC last night.

It took them 28 minutes to open their account when Aidan Lynch got his head to a Cathal O’Connor corner and they increased that advantage on 58 minutes when a move started by Seán Brennan in midfield was touched on by Barry Clancy and Billy Hughes powered a great header past Burns.

Liam Kearney equalised on 65 minutes, but Monaghan wrapped up the tie six minutes from time when Hughes rattled home a 25-yard free-kick.

WATERFORD UNITED: Burns, Carey, Coady, Long, Murray, Barrett (Hayes, 86 minutes), L. Kearney, J. Kearney, Murphy, Kiely, Purcell (Walsh, 70 minutes).

MONAGHAN UNITED: Sava, McMahon, Lynch (Whelan, 69 minutes), Grimes, Gartland, Tierney, O’Connor, Clancy, Byrne, Brennan, Hughes.

Referee: P McLoughlin (Donegal).