Donegal's Karl Lacey celebrates after the game. Presseye/Jonathan Porter/INPHO
The Hills of Donegal

Donegal make it 6 Ulster finals in a row with semi-final replay success over Monaghan

Donegal finished with 14 men after the sending-off of Rory Kavanagh but still triumphed.

Donegal 0-17
Monaghan 2-10

DONEGAL ARE BACK in the Ulster senior football final for the sixth successive year after they clinched victory at the second time of asking in Kingspan Breffni Park tonight against Monaghan.

After the reigning Ulster champions Monaghan pegged Donegal back in last Saturday’s drawn game, Rory Gallagher’s side did not squander their advantage tonight.

At the interval Donegal were in front 0-10 to 2-2 with Monaghan staying in touch thanks to goals from Shane Carey and a converted penalty from Conor McManus.

17,174 supporters were present for the clash with Donegal starting brightly as they went ahead 0-5 to 0-1 before Carey found the net after being picked out by McManus in the 17th minute.

McManus dispatched a penalty to the net in the 32nd minute after Anthony Thompson was shown a black card for a foul on Ryan Wylie.

Yet Donegal went in front 0-10 to 2-2 at the break and despite Conor Boyle pointing for Monaghan in the 52nd minute to leave it 0-12 to 2-5, Donegal upped the ante once more.

They struck three of the next four points with Patrick McBrearty and Martin O’Reilly showing up well to see them go ahead 0-15 to 2-6.

Monaghan threw everything at Donegal in the finale and the 2012 All-Ireland champions lost Rory Kavanagh when he was shown red after receiving a second yellow.

But Michael Murphy nailed a free to leave them 0-17 to 2-9 in front and despite Colin Walshe pulling a point back for Monaghan, Malachy O’Rourke’s side could not grab a levelling score.

Scorers for Donegal: Michael Murphy 0-5 (0-4f, 0-1 ’45), Patrick McBrearty 0-4 (0-3f), Martin O’Reilly 0-3, Frank McGlynn, Rory Kavanagh, Anthony Thompson, Martin McElhinney, Mark McHugh 0-1 each.

Scorers for Monaghan: Conor McManus 1-4 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), Shane Carey 1-1, Jack McCarron 0-2, Colin Walshe, Owen Duffy, Conor Boyle 0-1 each.


Mark Anthony McGinley (St Michael’s)

Paddy McGrath (Ardara)
Ciaran Gillespie (Gaoth Dobhair)
Eamonn McGee (Gaoth Dobhair)

Eoin McHugh (Kilcar)
Ryan McHugh (Kilcar)
Frank McGlynn (Glenfin)

Rory Kavanagh (St Eunan’s)
Odhrán Mac Niallais (Gaoth Dobhair)

Anthony Thompson (Naomh Conaill)
Martin McElhinney (St Michael’s)
Karl Lacey (Four Masters)

Patrick McBrearty (Kilcar)
Michael Murphy (Glenswilly – captain)
Martin O’Reilly (Sean Mac Cumhaill)


Mark McHugh (Kilcar) for Thompson (black card) (33)
Christy Toye (St Michael’s) for McElhinney (52)
McElhinney for Mac Niallais (69)
Eoghan Bán Gallagher for O’Reilly (74)


Rory Beggan (Scotstown)

Colin Walshe (Doohamlet)
Drew Wylie (Ballybay)
Ryan Wylie (Ballybay)

Kieran Duffy (Latton)
Vinny Corey (Clontibret)
Fintan Kelly (Clones)

Karl O’Connell (Tyholland)
Kieran Hughes (Scotstown)

Owen Duffy (Latton)
Ryan McAnespie (Emyvale)
Shane Carey (Scotstown)

Daniel McKenna (Truagh Gaels)
Darren Hughes (Scotstown)
Conor McManus (Clontibret – captain)


Neil McAdam (Monaghan Harps) for Drew Wylie (half-time)
Dermot Malone (Castleblayney) for McKenna (half-time)
Conor Boyle (Clontibret) for Ryan Wylie (46)
Conor McCarthy (Scotstown) for Carey (49)
Jack McCarron (Currin) for Kieran Hughes (52)
Dessie Mone (Clontibret) for Kelly (63)

Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)


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