Donegal came within a whisker of their second All-Ireland senior football final appearance, in what would have been one of the great upsets in the modern game on Sunday in Croke Park, when they held Dublin scoreless from play for over an hour.
Donegal’s style of play may not have enamoured itself with some critics, but when one of Donegal top players, Karl Lacey, was taken out of the game, they remained silent as they did over the long time gaps as Dub ‘keeper Cluxton waddled up the field to take frees. But we will take it on the chin! Donegal showed remarkable athleticism in their quest for glory against Dublin and can be proud of what they have achieved in their first year under Jim McGuinness. The game of gaelic football is evolving and while some critics may wish to live in the glories in the past, it is upwards and onwards for Donegal football . . . . the 2011 NFL Division Two title and the Ulster GAA senior championship for the first time in nearly two decades.