Paddy McGrath returned for Donegal. He is pictured on the ball in Clones. Photo Thomas Gallagher
Donegal lost out to Monaghan in Clones in the penultimate game in the Allianz National Football League.
Here are our player ratings for Donegal for the game.
SHAUN PATTON: Not much to do, but had a little more cover this week. 6
PADDY MCGRATH: Great to see the Ardara man back and he had another good tussle with Conor McManus, and the further the game went on the stronger he got. 6.5
CAOLAN WARD: Again used at full-back where the St. Eunan’s man is not really suited. Found it tough against the rugged Kieran Hughes. 5
CONOR MORRISON: Tried really hard and got forward on a few occasions, but more comfortable when man-marking. 5.5
EAMONN DOHERTY: Had a great goal chance when set up by Jamie Brennan, but otherwise found it hard to make a real impression. 5
FRANK MCGLYNN: Getting back to match fitness, there were a few trademark McGlynn runs, and hopefully he will be full flow for the championship. 6.5
EOGHAN BAN GALLAGHER: Again a top man for Donegal, Gallagher is the one Donegal player that is showing penetration from the back and also got on scoreboard. 7.5
MICHAEL MURPHY: Started at midfield, Murphy is still some way from his best form, but still vital to Donegal. 7
HUGH MCFADDEN: A typical hard-working display from the Killybegs man, who has been consistent throughout the league. 6.5
STEPHEN MCBREARTY: Got on the ball a lot in first half and was at the beginning of the Donegal goal before being substituted in second half. 6
LEO MCLOONE: Made a number of strong runs and should have had a free, but also got caught a few times. 5.5
CIARAN MCGINLEY: In for his first start, McGinley looked short on confidence. Was involved in the goal, but not the marauding player we have seen in a Kilcar jersey. 5
JAMIE BRENNAN: Looked really lively. Involved in all of Donegal’s best moves in the opening half. Got a goal and could have had at least one more. 7.5
MICHAEL LANGAN: A first league start for the St. Michael’s man, it was a difficult day but it will be a learning experience for him. 5
NIALL O’DONNELL: His great talent shone through on a number of occasions, especially in the opening half. Looking physically stronger and still one of our best prospects. 7
MARTIN O’REILLY: In just after half-time, O’Reilly found it hard to make any real headway but will be happy to get back on the pitch after a lay-off. 5
NATHAN MULLINS: In after 42 minutes, the St. Vincent’s man also found it hard to make any real impression after his injury lay-off. 5
CIARAN THOMPSON: The Naomh Conaill man looked eager for work, hit a good point and was off target with others, but will have been happy with this outing. 6.5
DARACH O’CONNOR: In for final 18 minutes, O’Connor tried hard but got little change out of the Monaghan defence. 5
CAOLAN MCGONAGLE and TONY MCCLENAGHAN: Not on long enough to rate.