Reigning champions and red hot favourites Glen pounced with three killer goals in a two minute spell midway through the first half to stop Magheracloone’s hopes of an upset before it ever got off the ground.
The Derry champions were wasteful early on, rushing their shots and taking the wrong option before Magheracloone notched the first score of the game from wing back James Lambe.
The Farney men failed to convert their early possession into scoring chances as Glen repelled them with Connor Carville and man of the match Cathal Mulholland reading the danger signs.
Glen’s achilles heel in the first ten minutes was the failure to make their breakaways count on the scoreboard.
Glen manager Enda Gormley wasn’t overly concerned. “We created opportunities and that’s the big thing. I was confident enough the scores would come and to be fair we kept going and we got the three goals.”
Before the first goal came, Magheracloone goalkeeper Jack Kirk made a terrific diving save to deny Paul Gunning. This was the warning of what was to follow.
Conor Glass crashed to the net after powering through the Magheracloone defence and latching onto the end off a Conall Darragh pass.
From the resultant kickout Darragh was once again involved, this time playing Ciaran McFaul in on goal and the Derry senior player finished brilliantly to the corner of the net.
It got even better for Glen, Danny Tallon won a breaking ball in the middle and set the Derry men on the rampage again, Conor Glass squaring the ball for Tiarnan Flanigan to fist to the net.
The Monaghan response came instantly with the pacy Paudie McMahon hitting the net after approach play from Paudie and David Kirk.
Glen led at half time 3-2 to 1-4 but had the luxury of an extra man when David Kirk was dismissed for a second yellow card.
The message in the Glen dressing room at the break was about improvement. “We said at half time it was nil nil and we’d go out and win the second half. It was all about the performance,” said wing back Cathal Mulholland.
The Watty’s certainly hit the ground running early in the second half with Ciaran McFaul registering a point after a mere twenty six seconds.
This was followed by one of the scores of the game, a long delivery from the sideline by Stevie O’Hara was won by impressive ball winner Paul Gunning, his quick lay off saw Jack Doherty score a point.
Alan McCaghey got Magheracloone’s last score of the game from a sxith minute free and from them on it was all one way traffic.
Most of Glen’s attacking threat was dictated by the power and pace of duo Conor Glass and Ciaran McFaul. Conor Convery was on the end of three of those moves to keep Glen motoring along nicely.
Convery then turned provider as Conor Glass palmed home Glen’s fourth goal, with Paul Gunning again proving to be the go to man winning another ball played into the Glen attack.
With time almost up Tiernan Flanigan rounded off the scoring with his second and Glen’s fifth goal of the game, setting up a final meeting with St John’s next Sunday.
Glen manager Enda Gormley as happy with the result but it was already looking ahead. “We only got the five scores in the first half so there is plenty to work on ahead of next Sunday.”
Glen Scorers: Tiarnan Flanagan (2-0), Conor Glass (2-1), Ciaran McFaul (1-1), Conor Convery (0-4, one free), Jack Doherty (0-1), Paul Gunning (0-1), Stevie O’Hara (0-1 free), Danny Tallon (0-1).
Magheracloone Scorers: Paudie McMahon (1-0), Alan McCaghey (0-3 frees), James Lambe (0-1) and Michael Metzger (0-1).
Glen: Callum Mullan-Young, Conor Gallagher, Conor McDevitt, Oisin Hegarty, Ryan McDonnell, Connor Carville, Cathal Mulholland, Conor Glass, Ciaran McFaul, Tiarnan Flanagan, Conall Darragh, Cahair McCabe, Conor Convery, Danny Tallon, Paul Gunning.
Subs: Jack Doherty for Conall Darragh (25mins), Stevie O’Hara for Conor Gallagher (HT), Tommy Mullan for Cahir McCabe (39mins), Ciaran McCloy for Callum Mullan-Young (54mins), Declan McCusker for Ryan McDonnell (54mins), Cathal Gallagher for Cathal Mulholland (59mins).
Magheracloone: Jack Kirk, James Carolan, Paul McArdle, Cian Freeman, Alan Kieran, Killian Rudden, James Lambe, Daniel Hand, Michael Metzger, David Kirk, Jonathan Coleman, Paudie McMahon, Sean Marron, Paudie Kirk, Alan McCaghey.
Subs: Sean Finnegan for James Carolan (16mins), Ronan Burns for Jonathan Coleman (50mins), Peter Finnegan for Paudie Kirk (53mins), Donnacha Kindlon for Michael Metzger (58mins),
Referee: Sean Laverty (Moneyglass)