ULSTER HURLING SHIELD FINAL.
Donegal 5-13, Monaghan 2-14
Donegal hurlers survived a choppy start to eventually overcame a plucky but slightly unlucky Monaghan in the first ever Ulster Shield Final in Brewster Park.
The winners had a sluggish start and actually trailed a lighter but much livelier Monaghan by 2-4 to 0-1 by the 13th minute.
But two somewhat lucky goals brought the winners right back into contention and they actually led by 3-3 to 2-4 at half time, going on to clinch victory with a strong second half performance.
Donegal; P Burns, M McGrath, J Boyle, M Callaghan; S Doherty, J O’Loughlin (1-0), C O’Donnell; D Cullen (1-2), S Gillespie (0-1); R McDermott (1-0), N Cleary (0-1) S McVeigh; L Henderson (0-76f), P Hannigan (1-0) B Lafferty
Subs K Campbell (1-1), for S McVeigh, P Nelson (0-2) for P Hannigan (41), P Sheridan for C O’Donnell (50),
Monaghan; D McGahon, A Kenny, P Finnegan, B Flanagan; S McNally, P Treanor, M Murphy; D Crowe (0-2), S Forde; C Boyle (1-5f), C McKenna (0-2), F Rafter (0-1f); T Campbell, M Treanor (1-3) B McGuigan (0-1),
C Power for F Rafter, T Forde for S Forde (h-time), B Connor for S McNally (43),