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Donegal beat Monaghan and qualify for McKenna Cup semi

Patrick McBrearty

Monaghan 0-19 Donegal 4-17

Patrick McBrearty scored 1-8 as Donegal cantered to victory against Monaghan in Clones today, and booked a place in the semi-finals of the Dr McKenna Cup.

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It was a very open first half, and while the Donegal defence struggled, goals from Odhran MacNiallais and Ryan McHugh helped Donegal into a 2-9 to 0-10 lead at half-time.

Monaghan were granted a wonderful opportunity to pull back their deficit when they were awarded a penalty just 15 seconds after the restart.

Jack McCarron was pulled down by Donegal goalkeeper Shaun Patton, but the Monaghan full-forward fired his spot-kick wide.

McBrearty and Jamie Brennan added goals to Donegal’s tally and Patton saved a late penalty, and Declan Bonner’s team will now face Armagh in the McKenna Cup semi-final on Wednesday night.


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