Donegal’s Eamon McGee challenges Kieran Hughes of Monaghan. Photo by: Sportsfile

GAA Digest: Monaghan shocks All Ireland champs Donegal to claim Ulster title


Donegal’s Eamon McGee challenges Kieran Hughes of Monaghan. Photo by: Sportsfile

“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.

McNulty said, “It’s a matter of progression. We got the result in the end. We will now look forward and prepare for the next game.

“All I can say is that we’ll have to improve for if we play to that standard again we won’t win the next game. That’s the reality of the situation.

“We must look to improvement, especially regarding the number of chances we present to our opponents. While we had only two wides, Wexford kicked something like 15, while also creating more goal opportunities.

“That’s the reality of the situation and leaves us with much to work on. That’s something the players will be looking at as well, for if improvement is not forthcoming, we’ll be out of the championship next time out.”
Galway Too Much for Armagh
GALWAY shocked Armagh with a 1-11 to 0-9 win in the All-Ireland qualifiers on Saturday and now meet Cork in the next round of games at Croke Park this weekend.

Star man Sean Armstrong insists they will travel to Dublin in confident mood.   “There is an inner-belief there now after the Armagh game. We knew we could win and that there was a big one in us,” he said.

“Hopefully there is an even bigger one in us next week. Again, we’ll be underdogs so there is no pressure at all on us. We have to build on that performance and push on again.”
Proud Cavan Fools Critics
CAVAN boss Terry Hyland had a shot across pundit Joe Brolly’s bows after his team’s 1-22 to 0-20 extra-time win over Derry in the All-Ireland qualifiers at Celtic Park on Saturday.

Brolly and Derry’s Paddy Bradley had dismissed Cavan on Twitter before the game and Hyland said, “People say silly things some times that come back to haunt them.

“When somebody puts something up on a public forum, it’s there for everyone to see and people will always react. Maybe they should relax for an hour and think before they start tweeting.”
One More for London
LONDON’S Connacht title dream was ended swiftly by Mayo in a 5-11 to 0-10 rout at Castlebar on Sunday, but the exiles do have the consolation of a Croke Park appearance to come.

Paul Coggins’ side will now play Cavan in the final round of the All-Ireland qualifiers at headquarters at 3 p.m. this Saturday. That game will be followed by Cork against Galway and Meath against Tyrone in a triple header.

All-Ireland champions Donegal will face Laois in Carrick-on-Shannon at 5 p.m. on Saturday in their qualifier.


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