Geraldine McLaughlin in action for Donegal against Monaghan Picture: Thomas Gallagher
Donegal chalked up a third straight win with a comfortable victory over Monaghan in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny, to remain on top of the Lidl League Division One table.
Donegal ……. 2-17
Roisin Friel and Julie Trearty scored the goals - one in each half - and Geraldine McLaughlin top scored with seven points for the victors who dominated the game from very early.
Monaghan opened briskly and hit the two opening points through Leanne Maguire, from a placed ball, and Ciara McAnespie, all inside the opening minute.
But the Donegal response was emphatic Geraldine McLaughlin chalked up three points in the space of three minutes to open up a 0-3 to 0-2 with a little over five minutes on the clock.
And as Donegal went up through the gears Roisin Friel got on the end of a good move and a pinpoint Geraldine McLaughlin point for the game’s opening goal.
That was on seven minutes and with the locals and Division One table toppers dominating they added points from Karen Guthrie, Niamh Hegarty, Katy Herron, Geraldine McLaughlin and Shannon McGroddy to open up a 1-8 to 0-2 lead by the 19th minute mark.
Donegal did slacken off in the closing ten minutes of the half but failed to score again as they shot three wides and Friel almost got in for a second goal only to be denied by Brídin Tierney in the Monaghan goals.
Ciara McAnespie had a shot off the post in one of the rare Farney raids.
Donegal led by nine points at half-time, 1-8 to 0-2.
Donegal found their shooting boots on the resumption and Guthrie, Roisin Friel, Niamh Carr, and Geraldine McLaughlin all knocked over points to stretch the lead out to 14, as Donegal led 1-13 to 0-2.
And the game was long over as contest when Julie Trearty with her first touch struck for goal number two in the early seconds of the final quarter.
It was a stroll to the finish for Donegal as Maxi Curran emptied his bench. Monaghan did score five points in the closing quarter hour.
But it was no more than a token resistance as Donegal ran out 16 point winners.
The game was the curtain raiser to the Division Two Allianz National Football League meeting of Donegal and Fermanagh.
DONEGAL: Aisling Nee; Treasa Doherty, Emer Gallagher, Niamh Carr (0-1); Shannon McGroddy (0-1), Nicole McLaughlin, Niamh Carr; Katy Herron (0-2), Megan Ryan, Roisin Friel (1-1) , Niamh Hegarty (0-1), Amy Boyle Carr; Geraldine McLaughlin(0-7,3f),Karen Guthrie (0-3), Ciara Grant.
Subs: Julie Trearty (1-0) for C Grant, Nicole Gordon for N Boyle, 42; Elaine Melaugh for R Friel, Evelyn McGinley for S McGroddy 48; Kaneisha McKinney for A M Carr, Anna Flanagan for N Carr 52;
Sinead McGinty for Megan Ryan, Shannon McLaughlin for K Herron, Lauren Carr (0-1) for K Guthrie 56; Tara Hegarty for N Hegarty, Aoife McColgan for A Nee, 59
MONAGHAN: Brídin Tierney; Caroline Treanor, Niamh Kerr, Hannah McShane; Sarah Boyd, Aoife McAnespie, Shauna Coyle; Muireann Atkinson, Rosemary Courtney; Chloe McBride, Cora Courtney (0-1), Eimear McAnespie; Eva Woods, Leanne Maguire (0-4,1f), Ciara McAnespie (0-1).
Subs:Brionan McAleer for C McAnespie h/t; Eadaoin Treanor (0-1) for C Treanor for C Treanor 41;
REFEREE; Gerry Carmody (Mayo)