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Champions Donegal are in for a fight

Monaghan aren’t there to make up numbers

By John Campbell

Published 20/07/2013

Donegals Manager Jim McGuinness
Donegals Manager Jim McGuinness
Monaghan manager Malachy O'Rourke
Paddy McBrearty's move further upfield was pivotal in Donegal's win over Tyrone
Conor McManus carries Monaghan hopes on his shoulders in Sunday's Ulster final
Donegals Patrick McBrearty
Donegals Colm McFadden
Tyrone's Aidan Cassidy and Donegal's Neil Gallagher

The backdrops against which Donegal and Monaghan enter the Ulster Final could hardly provide a sharper contrast.

While Jim McGuinness’s side will be seeking to complete adream hat-trick of provincial crowns, the Farney County will be striving to win the Anglo-Celt Cup for the first time in a quarter of a century.

All-Ireland champs Donegal have ruled the roost in Ireland’s northern province since McGuinness took over in 2011, having played 10 championship matches under his baton without once tasting defeat.

In contrast, Monaghan still have vivid memories of their Ulster final defeats to Tyrone in 2007 and 2010, those setbacks merely having further fuelled their ambition to win.

Read John's big game prediction and a round-up of all Saturday's matches in tomorrows Sunday Life

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