Sunday 16 December 2018

Wylie outfoxes Donegal as the Farney secure top-flight spot

Monaghan 1-16 Donegal 1-10

Donegal's Michael Murphy under pressure from David Garland, left, and Niall Kearns. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Donegal's Michael Murphy under pressure from David Garland, left, and Niall Kearns. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Chris McNulty

Ryan Wylie's goal in the first minute of the second half helped send Monaghan on the road to a win that secured Division 1 status for the Farney for 2019.

Wylie, a half-time substitute, netted with his first involvement in the game and Monaghan pulled away as Donegal wilted in the second-half. The defeat leaves Declan Bonner's men facing a final day shoot-out with Mayo to determine who joins Kildare in falling through the trap door.

Donegal were hit by a virus in the camp that left them without Ryan McHugh, Odhrán Mac Niallais and Martin McElhinney, while a knee injury has ended Patrick McBrearty's league campaign.

Donegal, who had Caolan McGonagle sent off late in the game, couldn't get closer than four points in the second-half as Malachy O'Rourke's men were able to keep them at bay.

"We just knew that we had to up our performance all over the field and as long as we did nothing stupid we would be able to control the game and see it out," O'Rourke said.

Progressing

Michael Langan offloads a pass ahead of a tackle from Monaghan's Drew Wylie. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Michael Langan offloads a pass ahead of a tackle from Monaghan's Drew Wylie. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

"We are happy with what we have seen and we know we have to keep moving on and keep progressing.

"Delighted to stay in Division 1 and, in effect, rather than hanging on to it we have probably finished in third place, or have the chance to do that. We are all very happy."

Donegal boss Declan Bonner said: "Totally frustrating after all the hard work - 35 minutes of hard work was undone in the first minute of the second-half."

When Wylie hammered past Donegal keeper Shaun Patton it gave the Farney - who led 0-9 to 1-5 at the break - a real kick and they added two quick points from Kieran Hughes and Karl O'Connell to push on.

Dessie Mone charges down a shot from Donegal's Frank McGlynn. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Dessie Mone charges down a shot from Donegal's Frank McGlynn. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Donegal - who had Paddy McGrath in for his first appearance of 2012 following an injury lay-off - had briefly led when Jamie Brennan clipped a quick-fire 1-1 on the half-hour.

He beautifully hit the net after meandering in around the Monaghan rearguard close to the endline, but two frees by David Garland gave Monaghan the edge at the interval and when Wylie struck gold they were on their way.

Scorers - Monaghan: C McManus 0-5 (2f), R Beggan (3f), D Garland (3f) 0-3 each, R Wylie 1-0, K Hughes, K O'Connell, C McCarthy, D Malone, D Mone 0-1 each

Donegal: M Murphy 0-5 (5f), J Brennan 1-2, N O'Donnell, E Gallagher, C Thompson 0-1 each

Niall Kearns of Monaghan competes for possession with Conor Morrison, left, and Hugh McFadden. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Niall Kearns of Monaghan competes for possession with Conor Morrison, left, and Hugh McFadden. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Monaghan - R Beggan 7; C Walshe 6, C Boyle 6, K Duffy 7; B Kerr 5, D Wylie 7, K O'Connell 7; K Hughes 7, N Kearns; D Ward, D Malone 7, R McAnespie 6; D Hughes 6, D Garland 7, C McManus 7. Subs: E Wylie 7 for Walshe (h-t) D Mone 7 for Kerr (h-t), C McCarthy 6 for Garland (51) O Duffy 6 for Malone (51), P McKenna 5 for Ward (63), A Lynch 5 for Kearns (70)..

Donegal - S Patton 6; P McGrath 7, C Ward 6, C Morrison 6; E Doherty 6, F McGlynn 7, E Gallagher 6; M Murphy 6, H McFadden 6; C McGinley 5, L McLoone 5, Stephen McBrearty 6, N O'Donnell 7, M Langan 6, J Brennan 7. Subs: M O'Reilly 7 for McGinley (39) N Mullins 5 for McLoone (42) C Thompson 6 for McBrearty (48), D O'Connor 5 for Langan (57), C McGonagle 4 for Ward (63), T McClenaghan 5 for McGlynn (70).

Ref - S Hurson (Tyrone)

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