Donegal wing back and one of Donegal’s best performers on the day, Frank McGlynn, felt the outcome was all down to hunger.
And the Glenfin man, who won an All-Star last year and came agonisingly close to scoring a much needed goal in the second half, felt Monaghan had the hunger and Donegal hadn’t.
“You only realise what you have won when you see the scenes there at the final whistle and the Monaghan celebrations. That was us two years ago and maybe that was the contribution factor.
“We had the success and they hadn’t won in a while and they had the hunger and we hadn’t,” said McGlynn.
He was also bemoaning Donegal’s slow start which allowed Monaghan build up a head of steam with their four early points. The Farney men were on fire in the opening quarter and Donegal were playing catchup for the remainder of the game.
“It was just one of those days. From the very start we were on the back foot. They scored four early points which meant they could then get men back behind the ball and make it more difficult for us to break them down,” said McGlynn.
At times Monaghan brought their whole fifteen back behind the 45 metre line and then broke at speed. It made for a very difficult day for the Donegal defence.
“It might have been a different game if we had a better start. To go four up for them was probably a Godsend and it allowed them get 14 men back behind the ball and hit us on the break.
“And in all honesty they could possibly have scored more in the first half but we scored a couple of points and we still felt we were in with a chance at half-time,” said McGlynn.
“We spoke about the fact that we were only three down at half-time having not played at all in the first half.
“The plan at the start of the second half was to go and score a few points and get off to a good start.
“But they got the couple early scores and we could not get going at all and fair play to Monaghan they pushed on and won fairly and squarely,” said the Glenfin man.
“We have no complaints, the better team won and it is a matter of re-grouping now and get ready for Laois next weekend.”
The defeat was the first in three years in the Ulster championship for the Donegal side and while it is disappointing the All-Star feels that Donegal can still make an impression in the Qualifiers, where they will meet Laois next weekend. The Leinster side defeated Wexford in Round 3 of the Qualifiers on Saturday night last.
“We are not finished yet, that is the Ulster championship over and it is disappointing not having won. It would have been nice to have won the three in-a-row, but after days like today you really appreciate all we have won and what this team has achieved,” said McGlynn