It was all too easy for Donegal and for manager Ray Durack, there was an air of disappointment that his side had not been fully tested.
However, he was happy that Monaghan had turned up and it gave his side a reasonable workout.
“Well, to be honest, we’re just taking every game as it comes. It is just one game at a time now.
“We were just going to go ahead with a training session today anyway, but that turned out just as good as a training session,” said Ray.
“It was not much better, though. It was the kind of a game that you couldn’t really lift themselves. In the first ten minutes I felt to myself this game was over. But in saying that, I felt we got a little bit complacent, too, and you just can’t afford that,” said Durack, in relation to the fact that his side were 1-6 to no score ahead with just over five minutes on the clock.
“In these types of games, you just need to be driving on all the time and never take the foot off the pedal.
“I know it’s not fair on other teams if you rack up a big score, but that’s what you need to be doing.
“I just thought today that we started doing stupid things, like underage hurling at times, stupid passing and that. And they’re the kind of things you should be working on.
“We had some great scores as well; some great long range points; some great movement off the ball. But it wasn’t consistent. We were kinda ebbing and flowing.
“We had a patch there at the end of the first half when we really went to sleep. We got sloppy and we were conceding a lot of silly frees.
“I know they got fifteen points, but I would think most of them were from frees (10 were from placed balls).
“But in saying that, a win is a win and we look forward to the next day against Louth,” said Ray.
Donegal will play Louth on Saturday next with the time and venue still to be arranged.
If Donegal can overcome Louth they will join Tyrone, Fingal and Roscommon in the semi-final draw with the semi-finals down for decision on Saturday 24th May.