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Live Reporting

By John Haughey

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all folks

    So that's the Ulster Football Championship wrapped up for another year.

    We got the final that most pundits predicted but the Monaghan and Donegal were still able to serve up an exciting spectacle at Clones.

    Thanks for your thoughts on the BBC's Ulster Football Championship coverage, positive, negative or indifferent.

    Monaghan fans...enjoy the party tonight. The famous Clones burgers will never have tasted better in Farney mouths.

    And for you Donegal folk, commiserations and safe home as you mull over a more circuitous route towards All-Ireland glory this year.

  2. Post update

    Paddy Bradley

    Derry All Star

    "Despite this defeat, Donegal will still have a big say in the business end of the championship. Nobody will be keen to face them. Monaghan need to push on now and believe that they are good enough to win the All-Ireland title."

  3. Lively debate in BBC Championship studio

    The pundits are going at it hammer and tongs in the BBC Championship studio as Oisin McConville berates Donegal for holding back for too long in the contest but Martin McHugh insists that Rory Gallagher's side were positive in the second half. Good stuff lads.

  4. Gallagher laments Donegal finishing

    Donegal manager Rory Gallagher says his team's poor finishing was the reason that they came up short in the Ulster decider.

    "Monaghan were by far the better side in the first half but I felt we played really well in the second half but we just missed chances that we would normally have taken."

  5. Post update

    Martin McHugh

    BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

    "Donegal had too many players who didn't perform today."

  6. Married on Friday - Ulster Final winner Sunday

    That was Owen Lennon's run-of-the-mill week.

    "I planned to retire after last year but got injured for most of the season and didn't want to go out on that note so hence the clash with the wedding. It's been quite a week," smiled the Farney veteran.

  7. Post update

    Philip Jordan

    Three-time All-Ireland winner

    "Conor McManus got three points from play off Neil McGee and that was the winning of the game for Monaghan."

  8. Post update

    Martin McHugh

    BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

    "Monaghan produced a great performance. Donegal lost the game by allowing Monaghan to come onto them. Donegal had most of the possession in the second half but took the wrong options too often and kicked too many wides."

  9. McManus lifts the Anglo Celt Cup

    Ballybay native and Ulster GAA president Martin McAviney looks delighted to hand over the Anglo Celt Cup to his fellow Monaghan man Conor McManus.

  10. McManus thrilled after Monaghan triumph

    Conor McManus is thrilled after his team hang on to avenge last year's Ulster Final defeat by Donegal.

    "We maybe didn't get the credit we deserved for our Ulster title two years ago but we're just delighted to win the title again," says the former All-Star.

  11. Monaghan manager overjoyed

    Reaction from Monaghan manager Malachy O'Rourke: "It was tough on the heart at the end. Our hunger shone through in the end. The boys have put in a massive effort and I'm delighted they have got their rewards."

  12. Monaghan clinch 16th Ulster Football title

    Monaghan repeat their 2013 Ulster Final win over Donegal. Conor McManus's finishing has been the difference.

  13. Full-time: Donegal 0-10 0-11 Monaghan

    The wily Dick Clerkin earns another Monaghan free but keeper Rory Beggan's effort floats wide. Paddy McBrearty then has a last-gasp chance to earn Donegal a replay but his effort swings a foot wide. Game over. Cue Monaghan delirium.

  14. Monaghan lead by one in injury-time

    Monaghan earn a contentious free as the game enters injury-time as they are in no hurry to take the kick. There will be at least three minutes of added time.

  15. Donegal 0-10 0-11 Monaghan

    Suddenly, there is only a point in it as McBrearty slots another free. McManus then has a chance to re-establish a two-point lead for Monaghan but his effort comes back off the woodwork into a Donegal hand. It's getting rather nervy here.

  16. Post update

    Orla Bannon

    BBC Sport at Clones

    "Michael Murphy has gone in to full forward for the first time today - could be a lot of high balls in to the square as Donegal go in search of the matchwinning goal."

  17. Donegal 0-09 0-11 Monaghan

    Are Monaghan starting to tire? The Farney men's play is becoming rather ragged as McBrearty swings over another glorious score from play after a turnover on the Donegal 21-metre line.

  18. Donegal 0-08 0-11 Monaghan

    But Donegal will feel they still have time to get back into the contest as McBrearty's 21-metre free leaves only a kick of the ball in it again after Martin O'Reilly is hauled down.

  19. More Donegal wides

    McBrearty and Martin McElhinney kick two more demoralising long-range wides for Donegal. There are still 11 minutes left but it looks as though Donegal may need a goal to get back into this game.

  20. Donegal wide of the mark

    Orla Bannon

    BBC Sport at Clones

    "It's clear where Donegal's problems lie. They've dominated possession but have kicked seven wides since half-time."

  21. Close!

    Marauding Monaghan half-back Karl O'Connell looks to have a chance to put the game to bed as he storms through the heart of the Donegal defence but Frank McGlynn makes a vital intervention to keep the holders in the contest.

  22. Donegal 0-07 0-11 Monaghan

    A Michael Murphy free cuts Monaghan's lead to four as Rory Gallagher introduces Darach O'Connor for Colm McFadden.

  23. McManus the man for Monaghan

    Martin Clarke

    BBC Sport NI pundit

    "Conor McManus is having an absolute stormer. He is a joy to watch and he is really enjoying it. There are not many players in Ireland who could execute some of the scores that he has today."

  24. Donegal 0-06 0-11 Monaghan

    Donegal are starting to look in big trouble as McManus slots his sixth point with a glorious curling effort from 35 yards after Colm McFadden concedes possession in the Monaghan half.

  25. Donegal's wides woe

    A dismal Neil Gallagher miss from 25 metres brings up Donegal's wides total to 10. Six of them have come in the second half.

  26. Donegal 0-06 0-10 Monaghan

    But Monaghan are showing no signs of wilting at this stage, anyhow, as McManus points another free to restore the margin to four.

  27. Donegal 0-06 0-09 Monaghan

    Are Donegal finally beginning to emerge from their comparative slumber? There is now only a kick of the ball between the sides as a Mark McHugh run sets up a successful free for his Kilcar club-mate McBrearty.

  28. Substitution

    And an enforced one for Donegal as Karl Lacey is forced off for Donegal with an apparent hand injury with Anthony Thompson introduced.

  29. Donegal 0-05 0-09 Monaghan

    After three bad Donegal wides, Owen Lennon extends Monaghan's lead to five with another fine point but Paddy McBrearty replies for Donegal after a Ryan McHugh charge into the danger zone is illegally halted.

  30. Murphy putting himself about

    Michael Murphy throws himself into another collision with Darren Hughes, who is no small physical specimen himself, and the Monaghan man comes off worse. Looked late again but Murphy escapes once more.

  31. Second half goals

    Oisin McConville

    BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

    "Monaghan will just be looking for more of the same in this second half. They probably just need another five or six points to win this final, while realistically Donegal probably need a goal."

  32. Donegal below par

    Paddy Bradley

    Derry All Star

    "There will have been a few choice words said in the Donegal dressing room at half-time. Donegal are really struggling to break Monaghan down."

  33. Farneymen are hungrier

    Oisin McConville

    BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

    "Monaghan look the hungrier team and are turning the ball over time after time. Donegal are being far too negative and have had very little to offer going forward."

  34. Donegal coming up short

    Martin McHugh

    BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

    "The difference is that Monaghan are kicking their long-range points. They have mirrored Donegal's style but are proving better at it. Monaghan are a good side, but Donegal look tired."

  35. Monaghan have the momentum

    Philip Jordan

    Three-time All-Ireland winner

    "Monaghan have all the momentum going in at half-time. Their tails are up and there will be a lot of questions being asked in the Donegal dressing room. Monaghan have been strong in defence but Donegal have to be more positive."

  36. Half-time: Donegal 0-04 0-08 Monaghan

    Murphy's first-half struggle is summed up as he concedes possession and within a flash, McManus has kicked another long-range Monaghan point. David Coldrick immediately blows for half-time. Monaghan have produced a superb second quarter and look to have a degree of control at this stage although Donegal are renowned as a second-half team.

  37. Post update

    Orla Bannon

    BBC Sport at Clones

    "Malachy O'Rourke was pumped up after that inspirational point by McManus - pumped his fists and raised his arms in the air after a huge turnover by Ryan Wylie on Christy Toye."

  38. Donegal 0-04 0-07 Monaghan

    Murphy finally ends Donegal's scoring drought with a 35-metre free while Toye departs quickly after his error as Martin O'Reilly is introduced. But Dessie Mone immediately restores Monaghan's three-point lead with another fine score from play.

  39. Donegal 0-03 0-06 Monaghan

    Rory Gallagher must be starting to feel a little concerned as Conor McManus extends Monaghan's lead to three after Christy Toye concedes possession to the Farney forward just outside the 21. Monaghan fans are starting to make a bit of noise at St Tiernach's Park.

  40. Donegal 0-03 0-05 Monaghan

    Monaghan are starting to pick out their attackers with long balls as Kieran Duffy strokes over another Farney point. Donegal haven't managed a score in 25 minutes.

  41. Yellow card

    Two in fact as Neil McGee and Conor McManus are both cautioned after a mini-bout of wrestling.

  42. Donegal 0-03 0-04 Monaghan

    Mercifully, we finally have another score as Owen Duffy slots to put Monaghan ahead for the first time after being found with a superb pass.

  43. Players are feeling the heat

    Martin Clarke

    BBC Sport NI pundit

    "It's because of the heat on days like this and the amount of ground the players are covering that county squads are training five nights a week. There are lulls in the game because the players are fairly exhausted already."

  44. Scoring lull

    No scores for nearly 10 minutes. Play has become rather pedestrian or in modern parlance, 'lateral'.

  45. Conor McManus takes a hit

    The former Monaghan All-Star appears to be third-man tackled by Michael Murphy and ends up face down on the ground. After play is stopped, there is a bit of pushing and shoving between the players but referee Coldrick takes no action.

  46. Michael Murphy subdued so far

    Vinny Corey is doing his job for Monaghan. Donegal's talisman and skipper Murphy has barely touched the ball to date in this game.

  47. Donegal 0-03 0-03 Monaghan

    Conor McManus levels with a 21-metre free but it could have been worse for Donegal as keeper Paul Durcan made a great save to deny Dermot Malone's goal chance before handling the ball on the ground.

  48. Yellow card

    Donegal half-back Frank McGlynn is booked after a challenge on Vinny Corey but Conor McManus missed the resulting Monaghan free. The holders still 0-3 to 0-2 ahead.

  49. McBrearty is a shining star for Donegal

    Martin Clarke

    BBC Sport NI pundit

    "Patrick McBrearty is probably the most exciting young player in Ulster at the moment. He tries things that most other players don't."

  50. Donegal 0-03 0-02 Monaghan

    Monaghan defender Karl O'Connell bombs forward in typical fashion to stroke over another Farney point.

  51. Donegal winning early turnovers

    Donegal have already managed to break up a couple of Monaghan attacks as the Farney men run into traffic.

  52. Donegal 0-03 0-01 Monaghan

    Conor McManus opens Monaghan's account after Vinny Corey wins a free but Frank McGlynn quickly responds for Donegal as they have a sniff of a goal chance.

  53. Donegal 0-02 0-00 Monaghan

    Paddy McBrearty kicks Donegal ahead after 80 seconds and Karl Lacey doubles their advantage before I can finish my sentence. St Tiernach's Park is bathed in sunshine as the game starts.

  54. Championship pundits divided on outcome

    Former Tyrone player Philip Jordan predicts a Monaghan win, Oisin McConville thinks Donegal will prevail. And wait for it...Martin McHugh believes Monaghan may sneak it but he hopes he is wrong!

  55. Post update

    Martin McHugh

    BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

    "Vinny Corey will definitely pick up Michael Murphy."

  56. Post update

    Paddy Bradley

    Derry All Star

    "I expect Owen Lennon to pick up Neil Gallagher. Mark McHugh will move back to his customary sweeper position for Donegal."

  57. Via Twitter

    From richarddaly36: @bbcchampionship 2 of best teams today in Clones going to battle #Mon#Don very hard to call a winner. If I was, Donegal by two #UlsterFinal

  58. Via Twitter

    Ciara is quick to point out the Erne County is well represented: Who'd have thought it? One @FermanaghGAA man is going to win Ulster #rory #malachy

  59. Referee could have a big role to play

    Oisin McConville

    BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

    "David Coldrick is one of the best referees in the game but he does award a lot of frees. Discipline is going to be important."

  60. Derry clinch 13th Ulster Minor Football title

    Tiernan Flanagan's goal late in the first half helped Derry clinch a 13th Ulster Minor Football title as they edged out Cavan 1-11 to 0-11 in the Clones curtain-raiser.

    Cavan did have a big penalty shout turned down in the second half but Derry were the better side and deserved their victory.

  61. Lennon will bring experience

    Paddy Bradley

    Derry All Star

    "The changes to the line-ups were expected. We all knew Malachy O'Rourke was not going to name his finalised team until before throw-in. Owen Lennon is very experienced and they have Dick Clerkin coming off the bench.

    "Drew Wylie isn't starting but I wouldn't be surprised to see him come on. He's moving well in the warm-up."

  62. Team news

    Both managements make late changes to their line-ups with Mark McHugh replacing Martin O'Reilly in the Donegal side and Kieran Duffy and Owen Lennon taking over from Stephen Gollogly and Shane Care in the Farney side.

    In the 2013 decider, McHugh was injured in a shuddering challenge by Gollogly and the Kilcar man missed the entire 2014 campaign before returning to the Donegal squad.

    Donegal: P Durcan; P McGrath, N McGee, E McGee; R McHugh, K Lacey, F McGlynn; N Gallagher, M McElhinney; C Toye, O MacNiallais, M McHugh; P McBrearty, M Murphy, C McFadden.

    Monaghan: R Beggan; D Mone, V Corey, R Wylie; C Walshe, F Kelly, K O'Connell; N McAdam, D Hughes; O Duffy, K Duffy, O Lennon; D Malone, K Hughes, C McManus.

  63. Donegal and Monaghan renew Ulster Final hostilities

    It's the final that everybody predicted from the off in Ulster but that doesn't make this Clones clash any less intriguing.

    Monaghan shocked then All-Ireland champions Donegal in the 2013 provincial decider only for the Tir Chonaill men to gain revenge 12 months ago.

    Donegal are marginal favourites going into today's game but no less a GAA expert than Tyrone great Peter Canavan has tipped Monaghan to triumph.

    The experts appear to be predicting another dour, hard-hitting struggle in Ulster GAA's citadel but also a game that is going to fascinate.

    Let the battle commence.