Donegal had an easy passage in the first round qualifier of the Nicky Rackard against Monaghan in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny.

Donegal had an easy passage in the first round qualifier of the Nicky Rackard against Monaghan in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny.

Donegal 3-26

Monaghan 0-15

Monaghan arrived in Letterkenny with just 17 players after early morning rumours that they would not travel at all.

Donegal got off to a flier leading by 1-6 to no score in just over five minutes, Ciaran Mathewson with the goal.

Monaghan did put up some resistance in the middle part of the first half, but with Danny Cullen, Ronan McDermott and Sean McVeigh finding the range, Donegal led by 1-16 to 0-6 at the break, Conor Boyle getting half the Monaghan total.

Danny Cullen and Sean McVeigh both had three points in the opening half with Donegal having ten scorers the opening half, all six forwards, both midfielders and Christopher McDermott.

The first eight points of the second half were shared with Cullen, Ronan McDermott, Ciaran Mathewson and Sean McVeigh for Donegal and Conor Boyle with three and Eanna Sweeney for Monaghan.

But when Danny Cullen lashed home the second goal on 38 minutes after great work by Kevin Campbell, any glimmer of a hope that Monaghan had was extinguished.

Enda McDermott (2) and Kevin Campbell added points before Sean McVeigh broke clear on a run and smashed home a great goal from 20m with just ten minutes left on the clock.

Conor B oyle had four late points to put a better gloss on the scoreboard for the losers, who were obviously reeling after losing heavily at home to Roscommon last weekend.

For Donegal, it was little more than a good training session, but they did rack up a good score and had some great long range points. The free-taking of Kevin Campbell was excellent while Paul Burns dealt capably with anything that was thrown at him.

Conor Boyle was a real hero for the Monaghan boys, as their heads dropped after Danny Cullen’s goal. He hit 0-11, ten from placed ball.

There were eleven different scorers for Donegal in a good all round display.

They will meet Louth in the next round of the qualifers on Saturday next

Donegal: Paul Burns; Martin McGrath, Justin McGee, Shane Gallen; Jamsie Donnelly (0-1), Joe Boyle, Christopher McDermott (0-1); P Sheridan (0-1), D anny Cullen (1-4); Ronan McDermott (0-3), Enda McDermott (0-3), Sean McVeigh (1-4); Kevin Campbell (0-4,4f), Paddy Hannigan (0-1), Ciaran Mathewson. (1-3) Subs., Bendan Tourish for McGrath; Eugegne Organ (0-1) for Cullen,both 54; Ciaran Kilgallon for Sheridan 57; Justin Browne for E McDermott 61; Stephen Gillespie for Mathewson.

Monaghan: David McGahan; Shane McNally, Peter Treanor, Cathal McAnespie; Damien McCarron, Kevin Crawley, Christopher Morgan; Eanna Sweeney (0-1), Trevor Hillard; P J Boyle (0-1), Aonghus Sweeney, Marty Murphy (0-1); Brian McGuigan (0-1), Conor McKenna, Conor Boyle. (0-11,9f,65). Subs., Raymond McNally for Morgan 30; Christopher Morgan for McNally 62; L orcanMurphy for PJ Boyle 64

Referee: J Clarke (Cavan)