GAA Digest: Monaghan shocks All Ireland champs Donegal to claim Ulster title
Monaghan deserved every inch of their 0-13 to 0-7 win
He told the Irish Sun, “What happened happened and it’s history. It is all about regrouping for us now. We win together and we lose together and we’ll take this on the chin. We’ve come a hell of a long way in the last three years, and we’re not about to stop now.”
Manager McGuinness acknowledged that Monaghan wanted to win the Ulster title more than his All-Ireland winners.
“The competition is over for us now and we’ve got to refocus our energy for next week, and that’s what is ahead of us. Monaghan had beaten Donegal twice in the last six years and we knew the threat they were bringing,” he said.
“Monaghan were the better team overall, they were the hungrier team and were more clinical up front when they got the chances.
“We weren’t our usual self. I suppose we have to look at that in terms of our own performance, it’s probably a wee bit early at this stage to say why.”
Donegal must play again on Saturday when Mark McHugh, concussed in the early stages of Sunday’s defeat, is unlikely to feature.
McGuinness added, “The bottom line is we have six days. That’s the rules that govern the competition. There is no point crying about it.”
McGeeney Future in Doubt
KIERAN McGeeney may be forced out of his position as Kildare manager after Saturday night’s 1-11 to 0-12 defeat to Tyrone in the qualifiers, but he won’t leave without a fight.
The former Armagh player is under real pressure for the first time in his six-year tenure, and he fired a broadside at the critics in a post match interview with local radio station, KFM.
McGeeney said, “You just have to keep going. There are people out there who will tear you apart. I played with a few of these boys and these fellas were cowards when they were playing and they are cowards now when they tear these fellas apart.
“You just have to accept that from people. You have good people out there too. They will analyze the game and they will see the sloppiness.
“You have to take that sort of thing on the chin. That’s good analysis of a game. You have to take that and move on. The naysayers and the people who are there for entertainment, you just ignore them and get on with it.”
McGeeney has yet to make any decision on his future, but star forward Johnny Doyle has urged the Kildare County Board to keep faith with their manager.
Kildare could face a fine after match referee Joe McQuillan was jostled by some fans as he left the pitch on Saturday night.
Tyrone, meanwhile, will face Meath in the final round of the qualifiers at Croke Park this Saturday with major concerns over the fitness of defender Cathal McCarron.
Laois Will Improve for Donegal
LAOIS booked their spot in the final series of All-Ireland qualifiers with a 0-16 to 2-8 win over wasteful Wexford on Saturday, but manager Justin McNulty knows they will need to improve against Donegal this Saturday.
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