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McMonagle fires home six goals in mis-match

Down 0-4 Donegal 10-35

Published 22/06/2015

Donegal inflicted a heavy defeat on Down (stock image)
Donegal inflicted a heavy defeat on Down (stock image)

Donegal booked their place in the semi-finals of the Ulster Ladies Senior championship - but will take precisely nothing from their semi-final victory over a hapless Down side at Brewster Park, Enniskillen on Saturday.

The north west county racked up an incredible 10-35 in disposing of the Mourne outfit who could only muster 0-4 in reply.

As mis-matches go, this was right up there with the very best of them - or worst of them - depending upon how you look at it. Donegal will not complain, though. They will march on regardless and with Yvonne McMonagle in red-hot form they have every reason for optimism as they target the provincial tile.

Even before the half-way stage had been reached, McMonagle had pilfered five of her six goals as Donegal enjoyed a mammoth 7-17 to 0-3 lead at that juncture.

To say that the second-half was an academic exercise would be to delve into the realms of understatement.

Suffice to say that without breaking into a gentle trot, Donegal piled on more scores to streak over the horizon leaving Down to wonder what had hit them.

Yet the other semi-final between Tyrone and Cavan proved to be in direct contrast to the Enniskillen 'contest'.

Tyrone looked to be in difficulties in extra-time until Zoe Loughran stepped into a front-stage role by pirating an invaluable goal that gave her side a 1-12 to 0-14 victory and thrust them into a meeting with Donegal - something that they are hardly likely to relish to given the latter team's form.

In the other semi-final Armagh and Monaghan, two of the form teams in the province, will go head to head in what promises to be a fascinating tie that could provide a pointer to the destination of the crown.

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