MONAGHAN was the penalty shootout king at the Athletic Grounds, beating ARMAGH 5-4 on penalties to set up the McKenna Cup final against Donegal on Saturday.
The game ended at 0-15 per game following a spirited return from Farney in the second half.
Jack McCarron gave Monaghan the lead in injury time for the first time, but Stefan ‘Soupy’ Campbell equalized to send the game to penalties without extra time.
No one complained among the 3,500 fans and a quality shootout saw all five of Farney’s penalty takers – Conor McCarthy, Aaron Mulligan, Shane Carey, McCarron and David Garland – convert .
Armagh’s first four of Rian O’Neill, Aidan Nugent, Rory Grugan and Campbell all found the net before the unlucky Jemar Hall slipped over the crossbar to end Orchard’s hopes of a first McKenna Cup title since five years. 1994.
WAKE UP DONEGAL
Monaghan hasn’t won the title since 2003 and they will play DONEGAL, who beat DERRY 2-9 to 0-11 at Ballybofey.
Caolan McGonigle and Odhrán McFadden Ferry scored first-half goals for Declan Bonner’s side.
Both Armagh and Monaghan played in the second half with near championship intensity and it looked like the two teams were hungry for victory.
Armagh led 0-8 to 0-4 at the break but Monaghan opened fire in the second half with McCarthy, Conor Boyle and Killian Lavelle all striking.
Orchard must still think they’ve done enough as a free O’Neill helped them take home three points after 63 minutes.
But Monaghan then scored four straight points, three from McCarron as well as a brilliant effort by McCarthy from outside his left flank to take the lead in injury time for the first time.
Campbell squeezed out Armagh’s equalizer in the fourth minute of injury time to level the score and send it to the penalty spot.
https://www.thesun.ie/sport/gaa-football/8228341/monaghan-armagh-penalties-mckenna-cup-final-donegal/ Monaghan sneaks past Armagh on the penalty spot to set up the McKenna Cup final vs Donegal