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McGeehin's heroics save Donegal

Donegal 2-9 Monaghan 1-12

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Nine minutes into the second half, Gary Mohan beat McGeehin to level it. (stock photo)

Nine minutes into the second half, Gary Mohan beat McGeehin to level it. (stock photo)

Nine minutes into the second half, Gary Mohan beat McGeehin to level it. (stock photo)

Goalkeeper Ronan McGeehin made three shoot-out saves as Donegal U-20s defeated Monaghan to move into the Ulster semi-final.

Aaron Doherty, Eric Carr and Caolan McGroddy then netted to clinch it for Donegal.

"It was nice to win it. When it came down to it, it was a lottery. You're in the lap of the gods at that stage," manager Shaun Paul Barrett said.

Doherty drilled home a penalty after Padraig McGettigan was fouled to give Donegal a 1-5 to 0-5 interval lead. Nine minutes into the second half, Gary Mohan beat McGeehin to level it. Ethan Harkin's goal might have won it, but Mulligan forced extra-time in the harsh conditions.

Barrett said: "We knew Monaghan would come at us. They have some top-class forwards and we had to make sure we put pressure on their shots. We gave away a soft goal, but we fought back well from two points down."

Scorers - Donegal: E Harkin (3f, 1 '45) 1-4; A Doherty (1-0 pen, 1 '45) 1-2; R Frain, L Gavigan, R O'Donnell 0-1 each. Monaghan: G Mohan (1f) 1-2; A Mulligan (2f) 0-5; K Gallagher, J Irwin (1f) 0-2 each; L Óg Murray 0-1.

Donegal - R McGeehin; O Walsh, C O'Donnell, P O'Hare; C Finn, L Gavigan, P McEniff; R O'Donnell, R O'Rourke; R Frain, A Doherty, L Molloy; C McHugh, P McGettigan, E Harkin. Subs: C McGroddy for Molloy (h-t); E Carr for McGettigan (55), C McSorley for Frain (61), Conor Coll for Walsh (68).

Monaghan - R Farrelly; K Gallagher, R O'Toole, C McKenna; D McElarney, S Treanor, P Hughes; L Óg Murray, G McPhillips; T Duffy, A Woods, B Óg Duffy; A Mulligan, G Mohan, J Irwin. Sub: T McSkeen for Treanor (53).

Ref - D O'Hare (Down).

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