Donegal looking to improve poor record

Alan Foley


Alan Foley

Donegal looking to improve poor record
Without being a merchant of doom ahead of the Ulster final on Sunday, Donegal’s record against Monaghan in the championship is not good.

Without being a merchant of doom ahead of the Ulster final on Sunday, Donegal’s record against Monaghan in the championship is not good.

Thirty years have passed since Donegal last defeated Monaghan and although the meetings of the counties has been sparse, it’s Monaghan who hold the upper hand.

They’ve nine wins from 12 meetings, with Donegal victorious on just three occasions.

Monaghan effectively put an end to Brian McIver - twice. In 2007, McIver had taken Donegal to a first ever National Football League Division One success and optimism was high after his team put an end to Amagh’s five-year hoodoo.

Donegal, though, came from St Tiernach’s Park in Clones with their tailed between their legs following 2-15 to 1-7 spanking against Tyrone.

And although a couple of medicinal wins followed in the qualifiers, as well as the unearthing of Michael Murphy, against Leitrim and Westmeath, Monaghan totally outplayed Donegal in Omagh, winning 2-12 to 1-7.

McIver stepped aside at Healy Park but had a change of heart and returned.

Derry won in Ballybofey in the 2008 Ulster quarter-final and although an uninspiring win over Roscommon followed, Monaghan left Ballybofey with a 0-16 to 0-15 win.

McIver would walk for a second time after a vote of no confidence was placed on him at county committee when giving his annual report.

In 1995, PJ McGowan’s Donegal began the Ulster championship with a bang, knocking out reigning All-Ireland champions Down following a 1-12 to 0-9 win in the Clones preliminary round.

However, Monaghan, left Ballybofey with a 2-14 to 0-8 win. Declan Bonner had missed a first minute penalty.

Donegal’s last win over Monaghan, 1-14 to 1-9, came in the 1983 Ulster semi-final in the days when Irvinestown used to host provincial semi-finals.

The only Ulster final meeting, in 1979, began, as is the norm, with referee Hugh Duggan throwing the ball in. Donegal attacked and got a point from Kieran Keeney.

The referee then saw the band getting ready for the national anthem, so he stopped the game and allowed the anthem to be played.

The match was restarted and Monaghan ran out 1-15 to 0-11 winners in Clones.

Donegal’s only other wins over Monaghan came in 1938 and 1946.

Donegal v Monaghan in the championship

2008 qualifer- Donegal 0-15 Monaghan 0-16 - Ballybofey

2007 qualifier - Monaghan 2-12 Donegal 1-7 - Omagh

1995 Ulster quarter-final - Monaghan 1-14 Donegal 0-8 - Ballybofey

1983 Ulster semi-final - Donegal 1-14 Monaghan 1-9 - Irvinestown

1979 Ulster final - Monaghan 1-15 Donegal 0-11 - Clones

1956 Ulster quarter-final - Monaghan 0-14 Donegal 1-5 - Carrickmacross

1955 Ulster quarter-final - Donegal 3-8 Monaghan 208 Bundoran

1946 Ulster quarter-final - Donegal 4-5 Monaghan 1-9 - Clones

1938 - Ulster quarter-final - Donegal 0-6 Monaghan 0-7 - Carndonagh

1936 - Ulster quarter-final - Monaghan 2-8 Donegal 0-11 - Carrickmacross

1929 - Ulster quarter-final - Monaghan 2-8 Donegal 0-1 - Bundoran