Donegal got their league campaign off to a great start with an easy victory over Monaghan in Letterkenny.
Monaghan led early by 0-3 to 0-1 thanks to the accuracy of Michael McHugh, but once Stephen Boyle got Donegal's opening goal, the home side never looked back and a second goal shortly after half-time from Paddy Hannigan put them on their way.
Sean McVeigh was outstanding for Donegal, who were avenging a first-round defeat by the Farney men in Clones last year. With outstanding scorer Niall Campbell retired, Lee Henderson took over the free-taking mantle for the winners, who had good performances also from Paul Sheridan, Danny Cullen and Jamesie Donnelly.
Man of the Match: S McVeigh (Donegal)
Scorers – Donegal: S Boyle 2-2; L Henderson 0-8 (6f); P Hannigan 1-1; S McVeigh, R McDermott 0-2 each; J Donnelly, D Cullen, C Mathewson 0-1 each. Monaghan: M McHugh 0-5 (5f); M McKenna 1-0, A MacSuibhne 0-1.
Donegal – P Burns 6; M McGrath 7, J McGee 6, B Harrigan 6; C McDermott 7, J Boyle 7, J Donnelly 8; P Sheridan 7, D Cullen 7; S McVeigh 8, P Hannigan 7, L Henderson 7; C Mathewson 6, S Boyle 7, R McDermott 6. Subs: M McGee 6 for Mathewson (55), J Browne 6 for C McDermott (57), C McLaughlin 6 for Hannigan (59), K Campbell 5 for McVeigh (68).
Monaghan – R McAteer 6; P Hannon 5, P Dowdall 6, S McLoughlin 5; K Crawley 5, P Trainor 5, J Guinan 6; E MacSuibhne 7, M McKenna 6; C McKenna 5, H Byrne 5, F Rafter 6; S McNally 6, G Brady 5, M McHugh 7. Subs: J Lacey 4 for G Brady (h-t); A MacSuibhne 6 for F Rafter (37, inj); P Boyle 4 for H Byrne (42, inj); N Adair 4 for S McNally (56).
Ref – B MacSuibhne (Cavan)