Donegal will face Galway in the All-Ireland championship Qualifiers following yesterday’s one point Ulster final defeat to Monaghan in St Tiernach’s Park, Clones.
Monaghan won the game 0-11 to 0-10 to deny Donegal a fourth Ulster title in five years and a ninth Ulster crown in total. Monaghan, as champions, go straight into the All-Ireland quarter-final where they will play the winners of Tyrone and Sligo, who also meet in a round 4B Qualifier.
While he was disappointed with yesterday’s defeat to the Farney men, Donegal manager Rory Gallagher insisted that all was not lost and that Donegal were still in the championship.
“Tomorrow we’ll have to lick our wounds. We’ll have to look at the video, the same way as if we’d won,” said the Donegal boss.
“We have to move on; it’s one game to a quarter-final. It’s not where we want to be tomorrow, but it’s where we are at and we have to deal with it.”
This sentiment was also expressed by Donegal defender Mark McHugh, who insisted the goal at the start of the year was an All-Ireland title and that is still on the cards.
“We set out at the start of the year to win an All Ireland,” said the former All-Star.
“If an Ulster final came along in the meantime, that’s all well and good but we still can win an All Ireland.
“We need to regroup pretty sharpish, get back together and knuckle down and work hard for two weeks time, get a victory there and push on to Croke Park for the quarter-finals,” insisted McHugh.
Galway defeated Derry 1-10 to 0-7, in round 3B of the Qualifiers on Saturday evening in Salthill.
The Donegal-Galway game has been fixed for Saturday week, August 1st. The time and venue will be fixed by the Croke Park today (Monday).
The draw will rekindle memories of the last two meetings between Donegal and Galway in the championship. That was in 2003 and 2009. In 2003 a quarter-final went to a replay with Donegal winning by a point in Castlebar while in 2009, Donegal had a point to spare in the Qualifiers, 0-14 to 0-13 in Markievicz Park, Sligo.