Donegal survived a late onslaught and a Shane Carey missed to prevail 1-12 to 14 points in their McKenna Cup meeting writes Michael Cooke.
It was the Farney men who made the brighter start as they opened up a five point gap after 21 minutes, seven points to two, Jack McCarron and Christopher McGuinness scored as many points between them during this period.
Donegal were finding scores harder to come by but nonetheless they trailed Monaghan by nine points to seven at the break.
The teams were level twice in the next 15 minutes, Brendnan McCole seeing the line after receiving two yellow cards.
Donegal suffered no ill-effects however and Peadar Mogan found the net midway through the second-half to put Donegal in the driving seat.
Monaghan tagged on another two points by Dermot Malone but they still trailed by three in the last minute of normal time.
This set up a very dramatic finish where Shane Carey cut the margin to two points but then missed a penalty to win it for Monaghan.
Seamus McEnaney’s side were subsequently awarded a 13-metre free where Rory Beggan went for a goal but Donegal had numerous men on the line so the Monaghan goalkeeper could only manage a point.
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