Monaghan have secured their status in Allianz Football League division one for next season after a six point win over Donegal in a cold Saint Tiernachs Park in Clones.
Dublin’s draw with Galway has denied Monaghan a chance at reaching the final as the drawn pair have both qualified for the Division one decider.
Donegal will now play Mayo in their final game as both sides battle to avoid the drop to division two.
Monaghan started brightly and were leading by five points after 26 minutes. The next minute saw a Donegal point and then a Jamie Brennan goal to leave the sides level. Brennan put Donegal in the lead. Monaghan finished the half strongly and returned to the scoreboard through two frees converted by Donaghmoynes David Garland and at half-time the scoreline read Monaghan 0-09 Donegal 0-05.
Monaghan put Donegal to the sword in the second half. Monaghan’s Half time sub Ryan Wylie made an instant impact and in the opening move of the restart he buried the ball to the net. Declan Bonners charges never came back into the contest and Monaghan returned to winning ways after last weeks defeat to Galway.
Malachy ORourke has used 31 players in the campaign so far and only three players have started all six games. He spoke to Northern Sounds Alan Gunn after the game.
“it’s a strong panel and everybody is fighting for places. We wanted to grow the panel this year and that’s what we’ve done”
“I’m happy overall with the league campaign but the championship will be different matter and we’ll now focus on whats ahead”
Its Monaghans fifth successive year in division one and Malachys says “its mission accomplished and we now want to put up a good performance against Dublin we want to test ourselves against teams like Dublin and we’re looking forward to it”
Take a listen to the interview here:
Monaghan take on Dublin in their final league game next Sunday.