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  1. Donegal beat Monaghan 0-17 to 2-10
  2. First-half goals by Shane Carey and Conor McManus
  3. Donegal reach sixth consecutive final
  4. Holders Monaghan now play Longford in qualifiers

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Match report

That's all for tonight. We're back tomorrow with the Tyrone v Cavan replay. You can read about Donegal's narrow victory here.

Donegal dethrone holders Monaghan

Winning manager's view

We hit the ground running but then they got those two goals. It was disappointing to be just two points up at half-time. It was a great game and I think we were the better team

Rory GallagherDonegal manager
Donegal manager Rory Gallagher
Donegal manager Rory Gallagher saw his side win by one point

Donegal will play the winners of tomorrow's replay between Tyrone and Cavan. We will have text commentary on that one, with live coverage on Radio Ulster medium wave. The whole match will be shown later on BBC2 NI at 18:30 BST.


Donegal 0-17 2-10 Monaghan

Referee Maurice Deegan calls for the ball - Donegal are through to the 17 July Ulster Championship final and holders Monaghan are out. Another close encounter.

Donegal 0-17 2-10 Monaghan

Corner-back Colin Walshe scores and there is one point in it with one minute of stoppage time left.

Frantic finish

Donegal 0-17 2-9 Monaghan

Conor McManus lands a free and then substitute Jack McCarron scores to reduce the gap to just one point.

Black card for Monaghan's Karl O'Connell.

Then another Murphy free for Donegal. 

There will be five minutes added on. 

Red card

Donegal 0-16 2-7 Monaghan

Martin O'Reilly scores a point for Donegal who are reduced to 14 when midfielder Rory Kavanagh gets a second yellow card for hauling down Karl O'Connell by the neck.

McManus free

Donegal 0-15 2-7 Monaghan

Monaghan skipper Conor McManus slots over a free and there are just two points in it. Extra time will be played if it ends level tonight.


Donegal 0-15 2-6 Monaghan

Monaghan's Conor McCarthy goes through but his chip over keeper McGinley comes off the crossbar.

How huge could that moment be?

Three in it

Donegal 0-15 2-6 Monaghan

Martin O'Reilly is supplied by McGlynn and the result is a 15th point for Donegal.

Nip and tuck

Donegal 0-14 2-6 Monaghan

Patrick McBrearty quickly adds a fine score from play - but Jack McCarron's fine left-footed effort from distance is a worthy reply from Monaghan.

Donegal 0-13 2-5 Monaghan

Donegal skipper Michael Murphy slots over a free for their first point for 17 minutes.

On the Boyle

Donegal 0-12 2-5 Monaghan

Second-half substitute Conor Boyle scores a point from play to once again narrow the deficit to just one point.

Donegal's Martin McElhinney in action against Owen Duffy of Monaghan
Donegal's Martin McElhinney in action against Owen Duffy of Monaghan

Top Mark

Donegal 0-12 2-4 Monaghan

Mark McHugh produces the best score of the day,a brilliant right-footed effort from well out, and Owen Duffy lands a speedy reply for Monaghan.

Quick by Conor

Donegal 0-11 2-3 Monaghan

Skipper Conor McManus cuts Monaghan's deficit to one point by scoring from play within seconds of the restart at Breffni Park.

Donegal repond with a free scored by Patrick McBrearty.

Interval analysis

Brian Canavan

Former Armagh joint manager on Radio Ulster

Both of those goals could easily have been avoided. Donegal failed to defend the free and then it was a stupid penalty. They have been by far the better team and manager Rory Gallagher will be disappointed they are only two points ahead.  

Donegal two up at the break

Donegal 0-10 2-2 Monghan

Michael Murphy lands a fine free for Donegal and it is the last score of the first half. His third point of the match and a two-point lead for his team.

Donegal 0-9 2-2 Monaghan

Frank McGlynn runs forward unchallenged to land a right-footed point from play. Donegal have nine scores, but two of Monaghan's four have been goals.

Penalty levels game

Donegal 0-8 2-2 Monaghan

A lifeline for Monaghan as they get a penalty. It's a black card for Anthony Thompson who hauled down Ryan Wylie. Conor McManus tucks away the penalty to level the game.

Donegal 0-8 1-2 Monaghan

Conor McManus comes in from the left to squeeze over a much-needed point for the Ulster Championship holders.

Donegal dominating

Donegal 0-8 1-1 Monaghan

The accurate right foot of corner-forward Martin O'Reilly gives Donegal their seventh point and skipper Michael Murphy quickly adds a free. Donegal would seem to have recovered well from conceding that goal.

Donegal 0-6 1-1 Monaghan

Patrick McBrearty scores his second free to give Donegal a two-point advantage. They'll be a bit happier with that because that Carey goal was a shock setback.

Goal for Monaghan

Donegal 0-5 1-1 Monaghan

Monaghan's hopes are suddenly revived as Shane Carey scores a goal. The Donegal defence was sleeping as Conor McManus played a quick free for Carey to score past keeper Mark Anthony McGinley. Just a point in it now.

Points exchanged

Donegal 0-5 0-1 Monaghan

Patrick McBrearty lands a free for Donegal with Shane Carey replying with Monaghan's first score.

Poor start for Monaghan

This is a very disappointing start for Monaghan with three wides. They are being too negative with 13 or 14 men behind the ball. They are in big bother.

Séamus McEnaneyFormer Monaghan manager on Radio Ulster

To the four

Donegal 0-4 0-0 Monaghan

Martin McElhinney clips over a point after a neat Donegal move.

Big hit 45

Donegal 0-3 0-0 Monaghan

Michael Murphy lands a superb 45 for Donegal to stretch their early lead to three points.

Quickly followed by a yellow card for Monaghan defender Drew Wylie.

Off target

Skipper Conor McManus misses from a free so Donegal remain two points ahead. Not a great start for Monaghan.

Good point

Donegal 0-2 0-0 Monaghan

Donegal are two to the good as Anthony Thompson hoists a high kick from the right which splits the uprights.

Missed free

Monaghan keeper Rory Began makes the trek from his town end goal to attempt a long-range free. But no fourth Championship point of the season for Began as his attempt from the 45-metre line drifts wide.

Donegal quickly off mark

Donegal 0-1 0-0 Monaghan

Donegal score inside the first minute as Rory Kavanagh lands a good point from the left side.


Laois referee Maurice Deegan gets things started at Breffni

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Monaghan view

We showed character and resolve in coming back to draw. There were things we were not happy with and we want to put that right

Finbar FitzpatrickMonaghan selector

Cavan captain Conor McManus landed a late free to snatch a draw in the first meeting
Cavan captain Conor McManus landed a late free to snatch a draw in the first meeting

Donegal ready to go again

Monaghan snatched a draw in the first meeting last Saturday night, thanks to a Conor McManus free in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

"Immediately after the game we were disappointed we did not finish a few chances," said Donegal manager Rory Gallagher.

"But we are ready for another big battle."

Coming up

Welcome to our coverage of the Ulster Championship semi-final replay between holders Monaghan and fierce rivals Donegal.

It is a sunny, breezy evening at Breffni Park in Cavan for what is likely to be a close and highly-competitive encounter.

These teams have contested the last three Ulster finals, with Monaghan lifting the Anglo-Celt Cup on two of this occasions.