Monday 20 November 2017

Donegal v Monaghan - Game at a glance

MAN OF THE MATCH

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Dessie Mone (Monaghan)

Darren Hughes illuminated the first half, Kieran Hughes came strong after the break but Mone was Monaghan's most consistent presence. He tackled hard, made key interceptions, broke forward regularly and picked off a fine point.

TURNING POINT

Donegal had got back level, 0-11 to 1-8, through Michael Murphy's penalty when Conor McManus turned Neil McGee and kicked a magnificent score from a tight angle on the run on 55 minutes. It was the springboard for Monaghan to see out the last quarter impressively.

TALKING POINT

Monaghan have now won three titles in just over a year. They are a smart, efficient side capable of mixing it with the best. Donegal lacked zip, energy and haven't introduced a player to make a real difference in two years, apart from Ryan McHugh. That's a real worry.

REF WATCH

Hard to argue with Rory Kavanagh's red card. However, David Gough gave a penalty to Donegal for a foul committed outside the area and overlooked a clear black card for Murphy for a foul on Mone in the 60th minute, choosing not even to yellow-card him. Otherwise, Gough managed it well.

WHAT THEY SAID

Malachy O'Rourke (Monaghan manager):

"Probably the biggest thing of the day for us was the way we responded to their penalty. We didn't get flustered."

Jim McGuinness (Donegal manager)

"He's lost his discipline. We were here in August and Eamonn McGee lost his discipline and it's not good enough. You represent your county, you've a duty to do the right thing."

MATCH STATISTICS

Wides

Monaghan 9 (6)

Donegal 6 (2)

Frees

Monaghan 12 (6)

Donegal 19 (12)

Yellow Cards

Monaghan 2 (C McGuinness 58, D Mone 69)

Donegal 3 (N McGee 40, R Kavanagh 42, E McGee 66)

Black cards

Monaghan 2 (C Walshe 53, D Hughes 73)

Donegal 1 (C McFadden 67)

Red Cards

Donegal 1 (R Kavanagh 42)

WHAT'S NEXT?

Monaghan meet Tyrone or Down in the Ulster quarter-final in Clones on Sunday, June 15, while Donegal travel to Derry in their quarter-final on Sunday, May 25.

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