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Curran full of praise for Donegal

Donegal 3-17 Monaghan 1-9

Bridget Gallagher of Donegal in action against Ellen McCarron of Monaghan. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Bridget Gallagher of Donegal in action against Ellen McCarron of Monaghan. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Donegal manager Maxi Curran believes the work-rate of his side can push them on to greater things this year, after they reached the TG4 Ulster Ladies Football final at the expense of Monaghan on Saturday.

Geraldine McLaughin scored 1-5 while Yvonne Bonner and Eilish Ward also registered goals in a 14-point win for the reigning Ulster champions at Healy Park in Omagh.

Therese McCafferty of Donegal in action against Therese Scott of Monaghan. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Therese McCafferty of Donegal in action against Therese Scott of Monaghan. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

"One thing underdogs have is to out-work the opponent so we felt if our work-rate matched or surpassed theirs that we wouldn't be far away," said Curran.

"Our girls put in a wild shift in the middle third. You look at all the great sportspeople, even our own Michael Murphy. People talk about the great footballer he is, but it's the attitude and work ethic that separates him from everyone else. We try and pass that message on."

Donegal will be favourites to topple Division 2 outfit Armagh in the provincial decider again on Sunday. They were in complete control, 3-6 to 0-5 ahead at half-time.Ward scored a goal from a penalty after just four minutes and McLaughlin was on target in the 11th minute as the game got away from Monaghan.

Ellen McCarron offered resistance while Monaghan drew level briefly but Bonner's goal before the break ensured Donegal were in the clear. Niamh Callan provided the second-half consolation for Monaghan but Donegal scored seven points in a row on their way to victory.

Aoife McDonnell of Donegal in action against Rosemary Courtney and Hazl Kingham of Monaghan. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Aoife McDonnell of Donegal in action against Rosemary Courtney and Hazl Kingham of Monaghan. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Meanwhile, Down progressed to the TG4 Ulster intermediate decider, following a 5-11 to 1-11 victory over Fermanagh also at Healy Park on Saturday. Jessica Foy scored 1-6 for the winners who face Tyrone in Sunday's TG4 Ulster intermediate final at Brewster Park, Enniskillen.

Scorers - Donegal: G McLaughlin 1-5 (5f); Y Bonner 1-2; E Ward 1-1 (1-0pen); A McDonnell 0-3; K Herron, SJ McDonald 0-2 each; D Foley, R Friel 0-1 each Monaghan: E McCarron 0-5 (3f); N Callan 1-0 R Courtney, M Atkinson (f), T Scott (f), E Woods 0-1 each.

Donegal - R McCafferty; O McCafferty, N McLaughlin, T Doherty; T McCafferty, C Hegarty, D Foley; K Herron, Y Bonner; SJ McDonald, N Hegarty, A McDonnell; B Gallagher, E Ward, G McLaughlin. Subs: AM McGlynn for O McCafferty (39), R Friel for Gallagher (44), Blathnaid McLaughlin for N Hegarty (52), K Keaney for Foley (60).

Monaghan - L Martin; R McKenna, H Kingham, J Fitzpatrick; A McAnespie, S Courtney, E McAnespie; M Atkinson, C Courtney; S Coyle, N Callan, R Coyle; C McAnespie, E McCarron, T Scott. Subs: E Woods for Coyle (52).

Ellen McCarron of Monaghan in action against Nicole McLaughlin of Donegal. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Ellen McCarron of Monaghan in action against Nicole McLaughlin of Donegal. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Ref - Brendan Rice (Down)

Yvonne Bonner of Donegal in action against Rosemary Courtney of Monaghan. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Yvonne Bonner of Donegal in action against Rosemary Courtney of Monaghan. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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