Donegal lose Monaghan challenge

Donegal’s poor run of results continued when they went down by a point to Monaghan in an intercounty challenge in Clones yesterday.

Donegal’s poor run of results continued when they went down by a point to Monaghan in an intercounty challenge in Clones yesterday.

Monaghan 2-11

Donegal 1-13

In blustery conditions, Donegal were ahead coming up to half-time, but a late Monaghan burst saw the sides change over with Monaghan ahead by 0-9 to 0-8.

But like in recent games, Donegal failed to sparkle in the second half despite playing with the elements as Monaghan took control around midfield and they hit two goal, one a well worked effort while the second was poor from a Donegal point of view, as a high ball was fisted to the Donegal net.

Donegal’s goal came from Stephen Griffin in one of the last moves of the match and was no more than a consolation score.

Donegal had just no sparkle up front and were well beaten at midfield.

One of the newcomers Martin O’Reilly was among the few successes, while Stephen Griffin finished as top scorer, hitting 1-5. O’Reilly was among the scorers along with Dermot Molloy and Leo McLoone.

With two weeks to go to the first game in the National League away to Down, Donegal supporters wil be getting anxious after this latest result.

Donegal: Michael Mullin; Eamon McGee, Neil McGee, Paddy McGrath; Frank McGlynn, Karl Lacey, Leo McLoone; Rory Kavanagh, Neil Gallagher; Eoin Waide, Ryan Bradley, Martin O’Reilly; Dermot Molloy, Stephen Griffin, Patrick McBrearty. Subs used, David Walsh, Adrian Hanlon.