Monaghan v Donegal

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Monaghan narrowly beat Donegal to win the Ulster final in St Tiernach’s Park yesterday with a final score of M 11-D 10. The atmosphere in Clones was electric as thousands descended on the small town in search of victory. It was county colours rather than rain that flooded the streets, as the bad weather cleared up to gave the teams their chance to shine. Monaghan nudged ahead of Donegal early on and held a small lead throughout the match seeing off Donegal’s attempts to get level. Nearly every Farney fan in Clones had their nails chewed off as Donegal’s second-half offensive campaign on Monaghan gained traction. In the final minutes of the game it seemed like Donegal would score, but the blue and white held their ground and claimed the silverware. We asked our photographer to go up to Clones and capture the scenes both on and off the pitch.

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Fans en-route to St Tiernachs park with plenty of stalls and vendors at hand to feed and cover them in colours..
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“We’re sitting in The Hill”
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Camera lenses that cost more than a new car.
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Some young Donegal fans avoiding making eye contact with the pitch
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“It’s over the bar Mick”
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How many Donegal players does it take to stop McManus
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When you don’t have a press pass or access all areas it’s very difficult to capture the action on the pitch. Some stewards didn’t like me moving about Duffy stand hence the lack of photos of players or action shots in general. I took more videos than pictures but most of them are out of focus.
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“You can’t stand here” “Move” “Your blocking the gate”
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“That’s Donegal in Irish”
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Catch me if you can.

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How many Donegal fans does it take to stop Mc Manus
How many Donegal fans does it take to stop Mc Manus
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In the madness of celebrations nobody is thinking about the water chargers
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We are the champions.
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“Whaheeeey!
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This young man thought it would be a good idea to jump the fence but forgot to use his feet to land.
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Conor Mc Manus addressing the crowd after the match. “That was a great speech, he’s a good lad”
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Post match boogie following the big win.
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A young fan goes for goal amid the cluster of blue and white.
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Can you spot anyone you know?
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He was so happy he just lay on the gorund for a bit.

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“TAKE OUR PICTURE”
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A cheeky backwards flick earns stripy trousers the ball.
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Post match celebrations on Fermanagh Street
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Fermanagh street consisted of cheesy dance music, chanting, ques, bun burgers, empty pint glasses and hundreds of happy smiley faces. One overheard conversation was this: “I wouldn’t actually mind that much if Donegal won as the people are sound be worse if it was Tyrone or somewhere”

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“Came home from London there to watch the match”
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“Hiiiii take our picture”
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“Us two”
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“What can I get for ye”

There are loads more pictures on our Facebook page.

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