The summer may be over for the county’s senior men’s and under-20 footballers – but Luke Barrett’s minor team kept the county flag flying in Clones on Wednesday evening with a spirited 1-9 to 0-10 quarter-final success against Monaghan.
Luke McGlynn’s early first-half penalty would prove to be a crucial score as Donegal backs were against the wall once Ethan Friel was red-carded shortly before half-time.
Naomh Columba’s Michael Callaghan once again made an important contribution when introduced as a substitute, scoring two points at crucial stages.
Goalkeeper Aaron Cullen (Aodh Ruadh) also caught the eye in goals with a couple of vital saves over the hour.
Monaghan pushed hard for the levelling scores in the closing stages – but Donegal held firm to set up an Ulster semi-final meeting with Armagh.
The Orchard County knocked holders Derry out of the championship on Wednesday evening.
Ulster MFC quarter-final results
Monaghan 0-10 Donegal 1-9
Derry 0-11 Armagh 0-12
Cavan 1-11 Fermanagh 1-12
Tyrone 3-16 Down 0-9
Fermanagh v Tyrone
Donegal v Armagh.