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Past means nothing, warns Donegal manager Gallagher

By John Campbell

His side may have reached their fifth Ulster final on the trot but Donegal manager Rory Gallagher believes their recent track record in the competition guarantees them nothing ahead of the showdown with great rivals Monaghan.

Gallagher, relieved to have eventually seen off the feisty challenge of Derry in the semi-final at the weekend, is even more convinced that retaining the Anglo-Celt Cup will be a massive task for his players.

"Every day we go out to play we are beatable," insisted Gallagher.

"When you look back on our game against Derry, while it was far from a perfect performance, you couldn't fault our effort or work-rate. I would have preferred that we would have played better and got through but then it's all about winning at this level."

Gallagher reiterates that so far his side have come through what he alludes to as "a ferociously hard side" of the Ulster Championship draw having seen off Tyrone, Armagh and Derry in booking their place in the final.

"Every day you can be caught. Derry had a great chance to get us and that's what happens when you are out there, especially in what I see as a ferociously hard side of the draw," insisted Gallagher.

"We are delighted to be in the final but we know that we have a lot to work on.

"This is Donegal's fifth final in a row but all that has happened before goes out through the window.

"It's just about the current Monaghan and Donegal teams going head to head for the right to be Ulster champions. It will a mighty battle."

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